In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Austin "Jack" DeCoster, right, appears in a Lewiston, Maine, court with Timothy O'Brien, a lawyer representing Maine Contract Farming, LLC, on 10 counts of animal ... more 
In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Austin "Jack" DeCoster, right, appears in a Lewiston, Maine, court with Timothy O'Brien, a lawyer representing Maine Contract Farming, LLC, on 10 counts of animal cruelty stemming from an undercover investigation in 2009 by Mercy For Animals at the Turner egg farm. Maine Contract Farming, LLC, pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $134,674.11 in fines and restitutions. Friends and colleagues say DeCoster, who also owns of an Iowa egg farm at the heart of a massive salmonella recall, is at once a stubborn and ruthless businessman and a community benefactor who shares his wealth and counsels inmates about Christianity. Detractors point to his business-related troubles while others express admiration for the work ethic of a man who inherited 200 hens when he was just a child and built a vast operation with farms in three states. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Sun Journal, Amber Waterman, File
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 1:14 PM EDT