Three DxE members take plea deal in turkey theft

Three DxE members take plea deal in turkey theft

Three members of Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), a Berkeley, California animal activist group, pleaded guilty to amended charges stemming from their entrance into a turkey growing shed and theft of a young turkey in Sanpete County at the beginning of 2017.  Jonathan Frohnmayer, Samer Masterson and Andrew Sharo each pleaded guilty to reduced charges on Wednesday in Sixth District Court in Manti.  Each had been charged with two 3rd Degree felonies, but in a deal with the State, Frohnmayer pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and attempted theft, Class A misdemeanors.  Masterson pleaded guilty to attempted theft, a Class A misdemeanor, and criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor.  And Sharo pleaded guilty to two Class A misdemeanors for attempted burglary.  All three men took a plea in abeyance and were placed on 36 months’ probation.  After successful completion of their probation, the charges will be removed from their record.  Similar cases were resolved in Beaver yesterday with additional pleas in abeyance.

Three other members of the group have additional court dates ahead of them.  Diane Sorbi will appear for a waiver hearing on January 9, and it appears Wayne Hsiung and Paul Picklesimer are likely to go to trial, according to Sanpete County Attorney, Kevin Daniels.