Aurora horse farm owner Beth Lynne Hoskins, who was convicted in July on 52 counts of animal cruelty, is scheduled to appear before the town justice next week for sentencing.
But first, Hoskins’ defense team and Erie County prosecutors will appear in Aurora Town Court at 4:15 p.m. Monday on her motion to have Town Justice Douglas W. Marky’s verdict set aside.
The case has been dogged by several delays on many levels – criminal and civil – since the SPCA Serving Erie County raided her Morgan horse farm more than three years ago. The latest Hoskins could be sentenced next week is at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
Hoskins faces a range of sentencing possibilities, from probation and fines to up to two years behind bars. She was found guilty of 52 of 74 misdemeanor counts under the state’s Agriculture & Markets Law.
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III has predicted there will likely be last-minute attempts to delay the sentencing, which first was scheduled for Sept. 26. That was postponed at the request of her defense attorney, Thomas J. Eoannou.
The postponement angered Sedita, who has previously complained of a “demonstrated history of adjournment requests by the defense attorney.”
The prosecution said in August that it would seek the forfeiture of an unspecified number of her horses when Hoskins is sentenced. Details of a presentencing report to the court have yet to be made public.