How do people arrive at the type of thinking that compels them to behave in this way? The trapping law these two Mustang murderers violated is
“failure to visit steel leg-hold traps within 96 hours — a state law intended to help minimize the suffering of animals whose feet are snared in the spring-loaded, metal jaws”.
Small wonder these two men continue to break the law, because it is so simple to do, and they receive very little punishment.
The Associated Press reports:
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two Nevada men who spent six months in prison for killing federally protected mustangs have avoided additional prison time as part of a plea deal with U.S. prosecutors after they broke a state trapping law.
Joshua Keathley and Todd Davis agreed to forfeit their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for two years under the plea bargain arrangement U.S. Magistrate Robert McQuaid approved Wednesday in Reno.
They could have been returned to prison because they violated conditions of their parole stemming from the 2009 killing of five wild horses. But McQuaid agreed to continue the parole for the final three weeks it’s in effect.
I am not sure I understand this. However, the result is the same. These two “boneheads” (as the U.S. judge who sentenced them to six months in prison for shooting federally protected mustangs called them) will no doubt continue with their life of crime. Right now they torture and kill animals, so their criminal activities are not taken too seriously; seem to be perceived as little more than ill-advised pranks. Perhaps that will change when they kill a human or two.
New charges for wild horses killers, Reno Gazette-Journal, via Scott Sonner for AP >>