Matheny Couple Sentenced

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Friday, Deborah Matheny and her husband, Lucky, got a year's probation for mistreating several horses left in their care two years ago at their Mineral Wells farm.

The Matheny’s were sentenced in Wood County Magistrate Court, but continued to maintain their innocence.

"While my horses were not starved to death," Deborah Matheny told Magistrate Emily Bradley, "there were some that were lesser in weight than I would prefer."

Lucky Matheny, who addressed Humane Society officials who were in the audience, was even more direct.

"We didn't do anything wrong; you all know it", he said. "And how you can sit there in your smug way, you know we didn't do anything wrong."

Magistrate Bradley denied defense attorney Bill Kiger's motion for a new trial. That request was based on statements from people who had horses in the care of Melissa Wigal, worked for the Matheny’s at the time their horses significantly lost weight.

People who spoke to Kiger said they since have similar experiences with Wigal.

"One other person who has had horses in her care has had serious problems," said Deborah Matheny, who took the witness stand at Friday's sentencing. "I believe she reported that to the Humane Society."

The sentence also calls for the Matheny’s to forfeit to Humane Society officers all of the horses still in their care.