UPDATE: Three Teens Plead Guilty in Boyd County Horse Shooting Case

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/15/14 @ 3:25 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Three teenagers have pleaded guilty to shooting several horses in Boyd County, Kentucky.

The shootings happened in January in the Durbin area.

Five horses were shot. They all died, or had to be put down.

19-year-old Cory Shannon, 18-year-old Travis Thompson and 18-year-old Cody Hicks will not have to go to jail, but will have to pay thousands of dollars for some of the horses that were killed.

One of the horses' owners helped make the plea deal and sentencing in the case. Wade Stewart said the boys were young, and he would agree to no prison time if the boys paid $3000 a piece for three of his horses that were killed.

They will have go into a pretrial diversion program and serve five years on supervised probation. After that time, the animal cruelty charges against them will be dropped.

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Three teenagers have been indicted in connection with shooting and killing several horses in Boyd County, Ky.

Five horses were shot in January. They all died from their injuries, or had to be put down.

The shootings happened in the Durbin and Burnaugh areas of Boyd County, near the Lawrence County line.

Shortly after the shootings, three people were arrested in connection with the crimes. They were recently indicted by a grand jury in Boyd County.

Travis Thompson, 18, of Ashland, Cody A. Hicks, 17, of Ashland, and Corey S. Shannon, 18, of Catlettsburg, have all been indicted in the case.

All three are being charged as adults.

Commonwealth Attorney David Justice tells WSAZ.com the teens shot the horses as a game and since they used a small rifle, the animals suffered.

Thompson and Hicks are charged with criminal mischief, which is a felony.

Shannon is charged with complicity to commit criminal mischief, a felony, and cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.

The criminal mischief charges carry a five year prison sentence. The animal cruelty charge carries a sentence of up to one year in jail.

All three are expected to be in court later this month.

Justice tells WSAZ.com he would not be surprised if more charges are filed in the case before it goes to trial.

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