Horse Slaughter Suspect Changes Plea To Guilty

Luis Cordero Sentenced To Prison

Published On: Dec 27 2011 12:26:43 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 01 2011 02:47:38 AM EST
MIAMI -

A suspect in the death and slaughter of a horse changed his plea to guilty Tuesday.

Luis Miguel Cordero and Santiago Cabrera were arrested in September 2009, accused of killing a horse for its meat.

Cordero initially pleaded not guilty, but he changed his plea Tuesday. A judge sentenced him to four years in prison.

Cabrera was sentenced in December to five years in prison in addition to the time he served beginning with his arrest in 2009. He pleaded guilty after a judge ruled him mentally competent to stand trial.

About two-dozen horses were found slaughtered in 2009 on and around South Florida farms. Police believe whoever killed the horses did so for their meat, which can fetch up to $40 per pound on the black market.