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Judge declines to reconsider Clearfield man’s sentence

CLEARFIELD — A motion to reconsider the 20- to 41-year sentence for one of three men convicted of having sex with animals on a Munson farm in Clearfield County has been denied.

In April, Marc Thomas Measnikoff, 35, Matthew Joseph Brubaker, 33, and Terry James Wallace, 41, pleaded guilty to 730 misdemeanor counts of sexual intercourse with an animal and 730 summary counts of cruelty to animals in addition to a misdemeanor count of corruption of minors.

Judge Paul Cherry sentenced each of them to 20 to 41 years in state prison.

A witness told authorities that the men regularly were having sexual intercourse with horses, a goat, a cow and dogs for four or five years on their jointly owned make­shift farm, police said.

Some of the acts reportedly were recorded.

Joseph Ryan, attorney for Measnikoff, asked Cherry to reconsider the sentence during motions court on Tuesday.

Assistant District Attorney Jendi Schwab responded by noting Measnikoff pleaded guilty to one only count of corruption of minors even though a child was exposed to this activity numerous times.

She noted that the nature of these offenses was very specific and the factors involved “justified going into the aggregated range” for sentencing.

She added that Measnikoff had conspired with his co-defendants and others on the internet regarding the videos.

Ryan responded by saying there was no conspiracy charges in this case and there was no evidence there were plans to deliver the videos to anyone.

Before denying the motion, Cherry pointed out that Measnikoff was sentenced on only a fraction of the number of counts for which he was originally charged, and he could have made more of the sentences consecutive instead of making them concurrent.

Previously, motions for reconsideration of sentence for Brubaker and Wallace were also denied.

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