77
      Friday
      93 / 70
      Saturday
      92 / 69
      Sunday
      92 / 71

      Alligator handler pleads guilty to animal charges

      Mid-Missouri alligator handler, Kenneth Henderson, pleaded guilty to seven counts of keeping dangerous animals without proper registration.

      A mid-Missouri alligator handler has pleaded guilty to seven counts of keeping dangerous animals without proper registration.

      The Columbia Daily Tribune reports 70-year-old Kenneth R. Henderson, known as the "gator educator," was charged in 2011 with 19 misdemeanors after animal control officers found two leashed alligators in Columbia. Henderson lives in Warren County with his animals.

      Prosecutors say Henderson had been told several times to register the animals. The other charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.

      Henderson was sentenced Monday to two years' unsupervised probation. He cannot have any animals in Boone County other than his service dog, except under certain conditions.