UNION COUNTY, Ohio --
The Delaware man accused of slamming, kicking and poking cows with a pitch fork is studying to become a law-enforcement officer.
Billy Joe Gregg Jr., 25, faces 12 charges of animal cruelty after an animal advocacy group went undercover to videotape horrible images of abuse.
Appearing in court for a bond hearing Thursday, Gregg argued for a lower bond on the grounds that he is studying to become a police officer. Gregg is a student at Columbus State Community College.
"I'm actually in a law-enforcement program because I have been a police officer, so I have exams," Gregg said. "I know those charges are pretty serious, but if I don't show up for those exams I'll be in more financial ruins 'cause I don't have a job now."
Conklin Dairy Farms of Union County fired Gregg Wednesday. He faces nearly three years in prison if convicted of all 12 counts of animal
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