Sheriff: Teens confess to shooting cattle

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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 4:01 PM

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A south-eastern Kentucky sheriff says two teenagers charged with shooting several cows told him they committed the acts because they were bored.

Bell County Sheriff Bruce Bennett told WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/10PbWVp) that the juveniles confessed to shooting 24 cows over a three-day period last month. The livestock belonged to four local farmers.

He said the boys confessed during questioning and described how they rode out into the farm pastures on an all-terrain vehicle.

"One of the brothers would operate the four-wheeler and the other would ride on the back and shoot the animals," said Bennett.

Bennett says the teens face two felony charges and several misdemeanors.

"When I asked point blank why would you do such a horrendous act, these are big gentle animals, harmed nobody, and they said we just didn't have anything else to do that day," said Sheriff Bennett.

Tips from the community led to the arrests after the farmers put up a $1,500 reward for information.

Farmer Carroll Gibbons said he is pleased that an arrest was made in the case.

"I think the punishment ought to be appropriate for the crime. I'd like to see these boys' lives made better by knowing this is wrong," said Gibbons.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews

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