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Butler County man sentenced for harboring wallaby

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Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11:26 a.m.
 
A Jefferson man will serve a year's probation after pleading no contest to a count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful importation of a wallaby, which resembles a kangaroo and is native to Australia. Kenneth G. Ott declined comment following his sentencing this morning by Butler County Judge William Shaffer at the Butler County courthouse. In a no contest plea, the defendant doesn't admit guilt but won't contest the charges. Last year, a Pennsylvania Game Commission officer said he saw a wallaby at Ott's home. When the conservation officer returned several days later, the wallaby was gone. Ott has never revealed the whereabouts of the animal to authorities. Defense attorney Jeffrey P. Myers said Ott would not comment on where the wallaby is, but said it is being well cared for.
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