Animal cruelty conviction over sacrificial lamb

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Periz Jackson and Elijah Black face up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine after jurors on Tuesday found them guilty of leaving the animal in a locked closet with no water and tethered by a heavy chain. 

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Jackson and Black belong to a religious sect called the Hebrew-Israelites. 

Authorities say the pair purchased the sacrificial lamb for $250 from a livestock grower east of Denver in early April. 

They planned to slaughter and roast the male yearling on Passover in their Colorado Springs apartment.

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