“She abused 75 Great Danes, that’s how many dogs they took from her. We are sick and tired of rich people thinking they can do whatever they want,” local resident Deanna Richardson said. “That’s why there’s a crowd out here, we want her to go to jail.”

It was a rainy New Hampshire Monday in March and outside a Wolfeboro courthouse, a small crowd had gathered. Mothers stood with their children, huddled under umbrellas. An older couple shared a cup of coffee and took shelter from the drizzle underneath an overhang.

Inside, a local millionaire was anxiously awaiting her fate as a jury filed into the courtroom.

The forewoman handed a small piece of paper to Judge Charles Greenhalgh. After he silently read the verdict, he took off his glasses and carefully placed them on the desk before him. He then asked the defendant to stand…