Jeff Flake’s ex-kin accept plea deal, jail time

Son and former daughter-in-law skip prosecution, sue for $8 million

Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, the former in-laws of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s son Austin, have accepted a plea deal in conjunction with the June 2014 gruesome heat related suffocation deaths of  23  dogs at their Green Acre dog boarding facility in Gilbert.

On Thursday, the couple took the pleas in lieu of going to trial. As defendants, each pleaded guilty to one count of facilitation to commit fraudulent schemes and artifices, and one count of cruelty to animals, both Class 6 felonies. Their sentences will each include 23 days in jail without the possibility of work release, work furlough, home detention or compliance monitoring.  The days to be served equal one day per dead dog.

This raw video of the court proceedings is available from KMOV TV 4, St. Louis. In addition to the jail terms, the Hughes’ must complete 230 hours of community service and serve three years of probation. They are prohibited from posting about the case on social media or resume running a pet boarding facility . Additionally, they are to write letters of apology to all who lost their family pets.

Missing from the news reports is the fact that the Hughes’ were vacationing out-of-state when the deaths occurred, leaving Austin Flake and his-then wife, Logan, who is the daughter of MaLeisa Hughes, responsible for the care of the pets. When the Flakes’ returned to the kennel the next day and witnessed the horrific scene, they callously hosed down the dying dogs in a crude attempt to cool them. The carcasses of the dogs were then piled in a storage shed. No veterinarians were ever called.

The dogs sweltered to death, packed together in a steamy utility room, lacking air-conditioning, and without food or water provided for them.

Todd Hughes lied about the number of dogs involved and claimed they merely ran away. The story was later changed to cast blame on the dogs themselves by alleging one or more of the pets chewed through the air conditioning wiring, which was never the case.

After Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery dropped the 21 felony charges and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals against Austin and Logan Flake, the actual responsible parties, they filed a lawsuit against the taxpayers of Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, seeking $8 million to resurrect their formerly pristine reputations. They claim they were targeted by the Sheriff’s office and their characters were ruined by this investigation. Though now divorced, a few $million each could go a long way to soothe their hurt feelings.

These are some of the posts SRAZ has written about the case that was Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s worst nightmare — since charging Jeff Flake’s son and daughter-in-law and her parents never quite fit into his long rage career plans:

May 7, 2015: Grand Jury reinstates charges in dog deaths: Flakes excluded

Oct. 13, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Focus of daily’s sarcastic jab remains inert

Sept. 29, 2014: Still awaiting Montgomery’s Flake decision

Sept. 19, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place

July 17, 2014: 21 dead dogs inconsequential as Flake connection gets cover-up

June 27, 2014: AZ Republic uses dead dogs to bash Arpaio, give pass to Flake & Update

Dec. 24, 2014:  Bill Montgomery, dead dogs & the Flakes: We got it right the first time

Dec. 13, 2014: Flake kin beg for cash to aid in dead dog defense

Nov. 14, 2014: Austin, Logan Flake plead not guilty in dog deaths

Oct. 16, 2014Indicted! Austin & Logan Flake, Todd & MaLeisa Hughes

12 Responses to Jeff Flake’s ex-kin accept plea deal, jail time

  1. Maggie says:

    I’d like to know why the charges stuck with Ms. Flake’s parents when she and Austin Flake skated. It looks like having relatives in high places is not such a bad deal.

  2. East Valley GOP says:

    Question….if a St. Louis TV station is carrying the video of yesterday’s court proceeding involving Todd an MaLeisa Hughes, why isn’t there any coverage of this in the Arizona Republic newspaper today? I looked for it twice after reading this post and found zip. BTW, I don’t buy this rag. The office where I work gets a copy.

  3. LD 23 PC says:

    You might recall that Bill Montgomery, summoning up all of the warmth he could muster, actually told the pet owners their dogs “weren’t 23 children, after all.”

  4. Conservative Since Birth says:

    The Flake’s remind me of the Clinton’s with their screwy family baggage. Never a dull moment.

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    There’s a special place in hell for those who abuse children and animals.

    God Bless Sheriff Joe. Otherwise, this story would have never seen the light of day.

    If you are not aware of what is going on in Venezuela, you should take the time to find out. Socialism’s newest example.

    The folks who were considered “middle class” just one year ago are now rummaging through dumpsters for food.
    An oil-rich country were the production has almost stopped. But, for sure, no gasoline for citizens.
    Electricity is now a “maybe”. Government offices on every level, shuttered. Hospitals without staff or supplies.

    The pictures are heart-wrenching.

  6. Frankly Speaking says:

    Montgomery’s in a bind. He obviously wants more than being county attorney, but his term isn’t sycronized with federal offices. He’s the perpetual bridesmaid. The best he can hope for is a “convenient” vacancy to occur and then have his political ducks lined up sufficiently to get appointed to fill the remaining term.

  7. Ellsworth says:

    How convenient for this court proceeding to be scheduled for the beginning of a a holiday weekend. It cuts down on the clamor and keeps the Flaky family somewhat shielded.

  8. Mark Hawthorne says:

    Interesting to see how a United States Senator has taught his son personal responsibility.

  9. Doc says:

    MEMO: “The LAW” DOES NOT APPLY to “upper echelon” citizens. If YOU are an “upper echelon” citizen, feel free to ignore “The LAW”

    Subnote A- “upper echelon” citizens include illegal aliens who’ve crossed ANY AMERICAN BORDER ILLEGALLY.

    Subnote B- “upper echelon” citizens include close family members of United States Senators.

    If YOU are NOT an “upper echelon” citizen, please continue to follow “The LAW” or you will be audited by the Internal Revenue Service until your demise, as well as “other” punitive actions as the “upper echelon” chooses.

  10. Linda McLargin says:

    I will never understand how Austin and Logan Flake were never found guilty! How could they not be charged with murdering the dogs when they were responsible for the dogs? The Hughes and the Flake all shared in this coverup. The brat child Austin Flake was his creepy wife Logan were definitely protected by Senator Flake. I will not be voting for Flake or Montgomery ever.

  11. Beth Arvin says:

    They should have been held accountable they were the ones that really killed the 23 dogs.they should not get a cent