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Published July 07, 2011, 02:20 PM

NC hog farm president faces possible prison term

NEW BERN, N.C. — Authorities say the owner of a Columbus County hog farm faces up to a year in prison after he pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act for discharging hog waste directly into a stream that leads to the Waccamaw River.

NEW BERN, N.C. — Authorities say the owner of a Columbus County hog farm faces up to a year in prison after he pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act for discharging hog waste directly into a stream that leads to the Waccamaw River.

Federal authorities say Freedman Farms Inc. pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony violation after a week-long trial that began June 28th. Company President William Freedman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation for his role in the December 2007 discharge into Browder's Branch.

The plea agreement calls for Freedman Farms to pay $1.5 million and publish a public apology as well as five years' probation. Freedman could be sentenced to prison. The court must agree to accept the agreement and schedule a sentencing hearing.

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