The Morning Call of Allentown reports Monday that last month's parole request by Derbe Eckhart was turned down. According to court records, Eckhart's "assaultive conduct" stood in the way.
A jury convicted the 43-year-old Eckhart in March of animal cruelty and violating an order barring him from taking new dogs into his Almost Heaven kennel. He pleaded guilty in July to punching a guard in the stomach four days into his sentence.
Eckhart was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison on the kennel charges and ordered to pay more than $160,000 in penalties stemming from a raid on the property last year.
Information from: The Morning Call