Scott DeMuth sentenced to six months in prison

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 15, 2011 7:20 AM

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Scott DeMuth, 23 — originally charged in connection with the 2004 Spence Labs break-in — was sentenced to six months in prison at a U.S. District Court Monday, according to court documents.

In September 2010, DeMuth accepted a plea agreement to a federal misdemeanor charge of conspiracy in the case of a different break-in at Lakeside Ferrets Inc., an animal enterprise.

The guilty plea followed a 2006 incident when someone broke into Lakeside Ferrets — a facility that breeds ferrets and sells them to pet stores. The intruders allegedly released ferrets and cut holes in the building’s perimeter fence. They also destroyed nets and breeding cards, according to court documents.

The plea agreement eliminated the University of Iowa raid from the indictment and drops the charge from a felony.

Following the six-month sentence, DeMuth will be placed on supervised release for a year, according to the documents.

— by Sam Lane

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