Three teens accused in killing of horses
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. -- Three Boyd County teenagers were indicted Monday on charges they killed several horses in January in a game called "stapping," said Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice.
"We have good cases in connection with the death of two horses," Justice said. The horses were shot with a .22 caliber rifle on Jan. 3, he said.
A total of five horses have been killed and the animals suffered, Justice said.
The three are being charged as adults, Justice said. Kentucky law allows teenagers over the age of 14 to be tried as an adult in felony cases where a deadly weapon was used, he said.
Since animal cruelty is a misdemeanor, the office opted to file felony criminal mischief charges in the case, Justice said.
Corey Shannon, 18, of Catlettsburg, was indicted on charges of cruelty to animals and complicity to commit criminal mischief.
Travis Thompson, 18, of Ashland, was indicted on a charge of criminal mischief.
Cody Hicks, 17, of Ashland, was indicted on a charge of criminal mischief.
The felony charge can carry up to a five-year prison term, Justice said. The misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty can carry a jail sentence of up to a year in the county jail, he said.
An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or innocence.
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