Sac County Woman Offered Plea Agreement in Thousand Dead Pigs Case

An Early woman who was arrested for the death of several hundred pigs has been offered a plea agreement.

34-year-old Elana Laber pleaded guilty at first to two counts of 1st Degree Criminal Mischief, a class C felony…and two counts of Livestock Neglect, a serious misdemeanor. According to court documents, due to accepting the plea deal, Laber will now face just one count of each of the charges. Laber faces a prison term of up to ten years for Criminal Mischief, as well as another year on the Cattle Neglect charge. The two sentences will run consecutively.

Laber is scheduled to be back in court for a plea hearing on Monday, September 26th.

Laber was arrested on June 30th after Sac County officials received a report that a total of over a thousand dead pigs were discovered between two different confinements sites located a half-mile apart from each other in rural Early. Laber had been hired to maintain both sites. A veterinarian inspection determined that the pigs had been dead for about one week from the time they were discovered.