HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A western Maryland dairy farmer whose investment in cloned cattle led to financial ruin has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for underfeeding his cows, including two that starved to death.

A judge sentenced 41-year-old Gregory Wiles on Monday to three years of probation and barred him from owning any livestock during that period.

Wiles also must pay $22,000 to help care for 29 cows that animal control authorities seized in December.