Wis. raw milk farmer acquitted on 3 of 4 counts

10:55 AM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
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BARABOO, Wis. - A Wisconsin dairy farmer has been acquitted on three of four counts in a trial related to the sale of raw milk.

The Journal-Sentinel reports that dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger was found guilty on one charge of violating a holding order placed on products at his farm after a 2010 raid.

Hershberger could get up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. The jury returned their verdict early Saturday morning after four hours of deliberation.

They found the 41-year-old Hershberger not guilty of charges that he sold retail food, produced milk and operated a dairy plant without proper state licenses.

His supporters have said he was targeted because he sold raw milk through a private buying club with several hundred members.

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