CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in U.S. District Court, Barney Davis of Lewisburg, Tenn., changed his plea from not guilty to guilty in the 34-count indictment brought against him in April, charging him with violations of the federal Horse Protection Act and related financial crimes. He will be sentenced on Feb. 13, 2012.

Jeffrey Bradford of Lewisburg and Christen Altman of Shelbyville, employees of Davis, also changed their pleas to guilty and will be sentenced on Feb. 13 as well.

A fourth defendant, Paul Blackburn of Shelbyville, previously pleaded guilty of the same charges on Oct. 24, 2011, and will be sentenced on Jan. 23, 2012.

Davis, a Spotted Saddle Horse trainer, employed Bradford, Altman and Blackburn. He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice.