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Lafayette man charged with animal cruelty accepts plea deal, serves no jail time

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 13:48:54-05

LAFAYETTE, La.  — A Lafayette man charged with a combined 31 counts of cruelty to animals has accepted a plea deal by the 15th Judicial District Court where he will serve no jail time.

Patrick Darcey, 65, was arrested on 17 counts of animal cruelty on July 3, 2019, and again on Oct. 29, 2019 for an additional 14 counts of animal cruelty, which are misdemeanors.

According to court records, Darcey accepted a misdemeanor plea of guilty for the most recent 14 charges during a plea hearing on Jan. 28.

As part of the plea deal, he will not serve any jail time, but has to pay a $5,243 fine to the court and serve 60 hours of community service.

Another condition of Darcey’s plea is that cannot own or train any animals except for two animals named “Buck” and “Roger,” who must be brought before the court every six months, which will report any concerns to the Animal Control Board.

Darcey has a hearing set for March 8 at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.

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