One of two people who made national news for transporting a spray-painted goat that had Brett Favre's number shaved into its sides admitted Monday she tied the animal up and locked it in the trunk of her car.
Janelle Dorothy Riopel, 21, of St. Paul pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cruelty to animals in transportation. She was placed on unsupervised probation for a year and ordered by Judge Mary Leahy to pay a $200 fine.
Prosecutors dropped a mistreatment of animals charge as part of the plea deal.
Winona animal control seized the goat Aug. 21 after employees at Winona's Tires Plus discovered it bound by its feet in the truck of Riopel's car. Riopel and her co-defendant, Sonny Yang, 24, of La Crosse, Wis., had stopped in Winona when their car broke down while they were driving from La Crosse to St. Paul.
Riopel admitted Monday she and Yang locked the goat in the trunk of the car.
The goat was painted Minnesota Vikings purple and gold with the No. 4 shaved on its side. Favre, who wears No. 4 for the Vikings, was making his debut for the team later that night in a preseason game in the Twin Cities.
"I'm a really annoyed (Green Bay) Packers fan, but even I would say this was over the line," Leahy said.
Riopel has said she and Yang planned to butcher the goat, but that it had nothing to do with Favre. The goat was already painted and shaved when they bought it, she said.
Riopel could have been sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and given up to a $1,000 fine, but assistant city attorney Brian Glodosky noted Riopel had already faced "unintended consequences" from the incident. She and Yang made national news because of the charges. Newspapers and TV stations from across the country ran stories about the pair and the goat.
The goat was eventually adopted by a couple in Eleva, Wis., and renamed "Brett."
Yang missed a Sept. 14 court date. He is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 26 before Judge Jeff Thompson.