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Posted: January 6, 2012 7:51 p.m.

Man gets 15 years for bestiality

The question of whether Byron Christopher Jordan was competent to stand trial on charges of bestiality was settled Tuesday, when he was sentenced on the charges.

Jordan was charged in June 2010 with bestiality after witnesses allegedly saw him having sexual intercourse with multiple horses. Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton ordered Jordan in June of last year to undergo a mental evaluation before the court proceeded with those charges in order to see if he could be held criminally responsible for his actions.

However, Jordan took a negotiated plea on both the charges of bestiality, as well as charges of giving false information, public indecency and possession of cocaine, a charge which he picked up last month.

On the three bestiality charges Jordan was sentenced to five years each and a fine of more than $2,600.

Additionally, he received 12 months each on charges of giving false information and public indecency and five years on the possession of cocaine charge, as well as a fine of more than $1,000 on that charge.

Jordan is also required to get his GED, stay at least 500 feet away from the Lunsford Circle address where the incident occurred, and participate in sexual offender treatment and counseling.

He must serve the first four years in prison before being eligible for probation, which will last another 11 years.

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