Cross-posted from The Washington Post via the Associated Press
Written by SCOTT SONNER
RENO, Nev. (Nov 3, 2010) — A federal judge ordered prison time for two men who admitted to using wild horses as target practice but sought leniency Wednesday, telling them that “drunken and boneheaded is not an excuse” for the crime.
“I keep thinking about it, and I keep coming back to the senselessness of it,” said U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert McQuaid Jr., who rejected defense lawyers’ plea for probation and sentenced Joshua Keathley and Todd Davis to six months each in prison.
“The federal prosecutor’s fight for a stiffer sentence is a red flag to those who see Nevada as their own private shooting range,” said activist Terri Farley, Reno-area author of the popular “Phantom Stallion” series of children’s books. “Six months in prison is pale punishment for robbing wild horses of their freedom forever, but these two may think before pulling the trigger again.”