Burton Sipp, exotic-animal keeper and once one of the nation's most successful horse trainers, was sentenced to five years of probation and fined $7,500 yesterday in Burlington County Superior Court for witness tampering.
Sipp, 42, of Springfield Township, Burlington County, stood silently in the Mount Holly courtroom as Judge Cornelius P. Sullivan pronounced sentence. Sipp must pay the fine, the maximum amount under law, by Aug. 15.
In June, as part of a plea agreement, Sipp admitted that he tried to prevent a witness from testifying that the horse trainer had committed insurance fraud. Under the plea agreement, the prosecutor's office dropped charges that Sipp had inflated the value of racehorses, which died mysteriously.