Brooks horse shooter suspect arrested

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 3:20pm
By: Ben Nelms

UPDATE — Friday 3:20 p.m.: Suspect granted bond; must surrender archery gear

Brooks horse shooter sought2 8-year-old mare Misty awaits medical attention in a pasture off Price Road Sunday after being shot with at least three arrows, a deliberate case of animal cruelty, officials said. Photo/Special.

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Seventeen-year-old Brooks resident Jeremy Ryan Richardson, accused of striking a horse with multiple arrows, has to surrender his archery equipment as a condition of his bond, a Fayette County Magistrate ruled Friday afternoon.

Richardson was arrested Thursday on felony charges for aggravated cruelty to animals in the arrow attack on a horse at the Padovano farm on Bankstown Road in Brooks discovered Sunday morning.

Deer shooting suspect_Richardson, Jeremy Ryan

Richardson also faces 14 additional charges relating to illegal deer hunting.
A bond of $14,550 for all the incidents was set by Magistrate Joe Tinsley. Included in that figure is a $10,000 bond for the aggravated cruelty to animals charge.

The archery equipment must be turned over to Richardson’s attorney, Tinsley ruled.

The aggravated cruelty charge filed by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office noted that Richardson, who was said to have used a compound bow, knowingly and maliciously caused physical harm to an animal (horse) by seriously disfiguring the animal... by shooting multiple arrows into the horse striking him in the body and the face.

Richardson’s attorney, Tom Cook, said his client had been living at a home on West Kelly Lake Drive with a friend since October but while out on bond he would reside in Fayetteville with his mother and stepfather.

Essentially a neighbor of farm owners Nancy and Ralph Padovano whose property is situated at the corner of Bankstown Road and Price Road, Richardson, who reportedly attends Whitewater High School, lives just up the road from where West Kelly Lake Drive dead-ends into Price Road.

Commenting on Richardson’s arrest and surrounded by family members Thursday night, Ralph Padovano sitting at his kitchen table said he was happy that it looks as if the investigation was coming to a conclusion, that the work by law enforcement was done and that Richardson had been arrested.

Ralph’s wife Nancy said there has been much interest from the community, from across metro Atlanta and beyond, in the unfolding events that could have cost Misty her life. The family has been contacted by well-wishers from across the United States and from other countries. Nancy also gave her take on the arrest and the efforts of investigators.

“I was overjoyed that this monster is off our streets,” Nancy said. “This was a brutal, vicious act against a defenseless animal and needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. We are grateful for all those involved in his capture.”
Daughter-in-law Teresa Padovano was also at the kitchen table Thursday night. She, too, was quick to praise the efforts of law enforcement.

“I’m relieved. I think a lot of people need to be thankful for the hard work that was done. I appreciate the sheriff’s office more than they’ll ever know,” Teresa said.

Eight-year-old mare Misty suffered four arrow wounds in the attack that was discovered Jan. 3 by a neighbor, Rachel Byrd, who after Richardson’s arrest expressed sentiments similar to those of the Padovano family.

“I’m completely and totally happy that he was caught,” she said.

As she was driving by the farm Sunday morning Rachel Byrd discovered Misty impaled by an arrow that was found in her neck and another that was lodged in her spine and required four hours to be removed by veterinarian Jason McLendon. The horse was also shot in the face and the left shoulder.

Commenting on the injuries, McLendon said the most serious wound was the one where the arrow was lodged in Misty’s spine.

“I couldn’t believe how deeply it was imbedded. The broadhead was deeply lodged in her spine. I had to dissect a lot of nerve and muscle tissue to get to it,” McLendon said. “If it had been a few inches lower it would have been in her spinal cord.”

The shot through Misty’s neck was also a close call, with McLendon explaining that the spine was only 3 to 4 inches from the arrow’s course.

Richardson also faces a range of separate charges by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office covering the time period between September and January. Those charges include six counts of failure to record a deer harvest, six counts of unlawful possession or use of wildlife, one count of hunting deer at night and one count of hunting deer over bait.

The sheriff's office was assisted in the investigation by the Ga. Dept. of Agriculture and the Ga. Dept. of Natural Resources.

An account has been set up at First Choice Community Bank locations to help with the vet expenses associated with Misty’s attack. The account is listed as “Misty Horse.” Those interested can contact the Senoia branch at 770-599-6680, the Sharpsburg branch at 770-251-1232 or the Newnan branch at 678-423-6900.

Previously reported Thursday afternoon: Seventeen-year-old Brooks resident Jeremy Ryan Richardson has been arrested on felony charges for aggravated cruelty to animals in the arrow attack on a horse at a Bankstown Road farm discovered Sunday morning.

The charge notes that Richardson knowingly and maliciously caused physical harm to an animal (horse) by seriously disfiguring the animal ... by shooting multiple arrow into the horse striking him in the body and the face.

Fayette County Sheriff's investigators said Richardson used a compound bow in the attack.

Eight-year-old mare Misty suffered four arrow wounds in the attack that was discovered Jan. 3 by a neighbor, Rachel Byrd.

The sheriff's office was assisted in the investigation by the Ga. Dept. of Agriculture and the Ga. Dept. of Natural Resources.

The horse was impaled by an arrow that was found in her neck, another that was lodged in her spine and required four hours to be removed by veterinarian Jason McLendon. The horse was also shot in the face and the left shoulder.


Earlier story:

You don’t expect to see a horse in a south Fayette pasture near Brooks with multiple arrows sticking out of the animal.

But that’s what Rachel Byrd, 17, saw Sunday morning as she passed a neighbor’s farm on Price Road: A horse, grazing in a pasture, shot with hunting arrows, one in the face, another near the spine and one passing through the neck and lodging there.

The horse will likely recover, sheriff’s investigators are working to solve the crime and rewards have been posted. And a devastated family attends to the horse they love while searching for a reason for the unconscionable attack on an animal that had done no wrong.

Byrd was driving by the farm owned by Ralph and Nancy Padovano. She saw Misty, an 8-year-old mare, standing three feet from the fence on the Price Road side of the pasture near Bankstown Road. And she noticed something.

What Rachel saw was a small bright green object extended just beyond the area of the left side of Misty’s neck. She decided to pull her vehicle over and check things out.

“I saw the neon green nock of the arrow and jumped the fence for a closer look. I saw the blood and almost panicked,” Rachel said Monday.

But it was what she found on Misty’s right side, the side she could not see from the road, that had her quickly running to Nancy Padovano, who was some distance away breaking ice for the horses’ water and preparing to get the morning hay.

What Rachel found was the arrow stuck completely through Misty’s neck and another one lodged in the upper portion of her back and above the shoulder blade in the area of the horse’s spine. There was also an entry wound, but no arrow, on the right side of Misty’s face and only inches from her eye.

“Her entire right side was covered in iced blood,” Rachel explained, noting the frigid temperatures Saturday night that quickly turned liquid to ice. “It was brutal. I’ve been riding since I was 8 years old and I never saw anything like this.”

Rachel quickly summoned Nancy Padovano.

“I saw Rachel running across the pasture. She said, ‘Someone shot your horse with arrows and they are sticking out of your horse,’” Nancy said Monday night as she sat at her kitchen table. The emotion in her voice and on her face was clear evidence of the love she has for Misty.

“I went and looked and I saw an arrow sticking through her neck, all the way through. There was another large arrow stuck in her withers on her right side.”

Nancy saw the injury near Misty’s right eye and, like Rachel, saw no arrow in her or on the ground. There was another wound on Misty’s left side around her shoulder. It was more superficial and smaller in size than the ones that dug into her flesh, but it left the telltale mark of a projectile that had struck like the others sometime during the night.

Nancy immediately called for her husband Ralph and the two, with Rachel close by, began attending to Misty and calling 911 and their veterinarian.

Two sheriff’s deputies and a county marshal arrived to investigate. The on-call vet with Southern Crescent Veterinary Clinic, Jason McLendon, left church in Coweta County and arrived in his Sunday clothes to care for his wounded patient.

“He assessed her and took her vitals,” Ralph said. “He removed the arrow from her neck and spent the next four hours getting out the arrow that was imbedded near her spine. He had to cut a large area several inches deep to do that.”

During the multi-hour procedure Misty kept rubbing her face against Rachel while the vet worked on her, daughter-in-law Teresa Padovano said Monday night.

A group of family members were gathered around Misty’s indoor stall Monday night, checking her, preparing to administer the medications she is being given for the injuries and walking her a bit.

Misty is on antibiotics in the mornings and evenings for the wounds and the sinus infection from where she was shot in the face, and she is on pain killers. McLendon also attached a drain on the shoulder wound.

“She is not out of the woods yet, barring a bone infection,” Nancy explained.

Commenting on the wounds that could have easily cost Misty her life and the arrows that caused them, family members noted several interesting factors relating to the attack.

The arrow lodged in Misty’s withers had a three-blade broadhead point. The arrow that hit her face showed the markings of a four-blade point, but that arrow was nowhere to be found. As for the arrow that struck her left side near the shoulder, it looked as if it might have held a bladeless point. Such an arrow was found in the pasture Sunday but it is not known if it was the one used to shoot Misty.

Brooks horse shooter sought3 Before surgery Sunday afternoon, Misty the mare grazes with an arrow shot through her neck. Photo/Special.

The family also commented on the arrow that shot through Misty’s neck. Their concern involves the neon green nock that first got Rachel’s attention. The nock is the tip of the arrow in which the bowstring is inserted. There was no point on that arrow that impaled Misty’s neck and no point could be located in the pasture. Yet the entry wound showed that the point had three or four blades.

Commenting on the injuries, McLendon said the most serious wound was the one where the arrow was lodged in Misty’s spine.

“I couldn’t believe how deeply it was imbedded. The broadhead was deeply lodged in her spine. I had to dissect a lot of nerve and muscle tissue to get to it,” McLendon said. “If it had been a few inches lower it would have been in her spinal cord.”

The shot through Misty’s neck was also a close call, with McLendon explaining that the spine was only 3 to 4 inches from the arrow’s course.

Sheriff’s investigators are working extremely hard to get the case solved, said spokesperson Brent Rowan, adding that the office is receiving numerous calls from people wanting to contribute to a reward fund. Anyone with information related to the attack is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 770-461-6353.

Organizations are also getting involved, posting rewards in hopes of having the felon or felons found out and brought to justice.

The Atlanta Humane Society has posted a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting, according to organization spokesman Richard Rice. The Georgia Outdoor Network is offering a $1,000 reward. And there are reports of another $1,000 reward that could not be confirmed by press time.

At her home Monday night, neighbor Rachel Byrd expressed what some in the community are already saying.

“I don’t understand how any human in their right mind could do this,” she said.

And over at the Padovano farm, the family’s thoughts ran in the same vein. Ralph and Nancy have kept horses for three decades, with 20 of those years on their farm near Brooks. But what they encountered Sunday has left them mystified and heartbroken.

“I’m mad as hell. How dare anybody think to do this and carry it through,” Teresa said at the kitchen table. “I don’t know how somebody can be so cruel.”

Similar to the sentiments expressed by their daughter-in-law, Ralph and Nancy search for answers and for a resolution to the crime that could have cost Misty her life.

“She’s a big family pet, the kindest, best horse out there,” Nancy said of Misty. “I just want justice for my horse.”

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Submitted by NYVoice on Tue, 01/12/2010 - 1:01pm.

While surfing the web this story caught my attention becasue of the depraved nature of the attack. In looking at the picture of this J.R. Richardson much is explained. His eyes are those of a future mass murderer. It looks as if though he is the type of person who would torture cats and kill small animals for fun while he is getting up the nerve to kill another human being.
I would like to ask though, does this "man" have hunting experience? It seems to me that shooting a deer with a bow is no easy task and yet he is accused of shootimg many deer illegally. Who was he living with? The report simply states "a friend" and I would certainly look into accomplices in this matter as if the friend is close to him in age then the liklihood is that he knows who else is involved.

Submitted by ginga1414 on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 1:47pm.

I don't know what the right solution is for this young man. I really wish I did. However, I do know about cruelty to animals. There is more out there than we could possibly imagine. I have worked for several years helping the SPCA fight dog fighting, puppy mills and other cruelty issues. I have waked up many nights with pictures of animal cruelty stuck in my mind. Pictures that wouldn't let me sleep until I got up and started writing yet another letter to yet another official, asking for legislation to stop the madness.

When Michael Vick was arrested on dog fighting and cruelty charges, my computer wasn't shut down for weeks. During all the investigation of that matter, it was learned that Vick said he got an "adrenaline rush" from killing the dogs that didn't win.

Parents, please be aware of what your children are doing at each and every stage of their lives. Please instruct them from infancy as to the care and feelings of all creatures, be they human or animal. And finally, I have to disagree with hunters. I just cannot see where killing an animal is a sport.

Submitted by Retired Guy on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 7:59pm.

Glad the police caught this little puke. From the look on his mug shot he's still got an attitude. Its pretty obvious that his parents didn't do worth a flip with discipline on this young man. Too bad. And, if all the other stuff about priors is true, then he just needs a great big butt whipping to start. Jail time will probably make him a real criminal. So, the military option sounds good to me. I can gaurantee that he will loose that smirk and attitude in the first couple of days of boot camp. I have known some DIs who would love to instill a better attitude in him.

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Submitted by StopAnimalAbuse on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 5:49pm.

There are many, many of us who are going to keep her story alive until justice is won for Misty. You are in our thoughts daily since this horrible attack. We know you are suffering. We are with you for the long haul-never underestimate the passion or tenacity of one who works in animal rescue.

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Submitted by MajorMike on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 1:12pm.

Reading many of the comments here it is apparent that several of the bloggers have as many issues as this young man. This whole situation is sad beyond belief for several reasons.

First - The physical and emotional damage done to the horse through a demented act of violence. This is not to mention the emotional pain and financial expense that Misty's owners/family have had to bear.

Secondly - Barring a life changing or traumatic experience, this young man's course in life is already set. After working most of my adult life with two organizations in service to youth, I learned long ago that the mold is set by the time a youth is twelve or thirteen. From what I have read so far, this young man apparently enjoys killing. For him, it would probably not be a large step to assault or kill a human.

Third - Richardson is entering the criminal justice system as an adult. Our system is not designed to rehabilitate the offender; it merely institutes a holding pattern where the inmate usually becomes more skilled in criminal activities. Where is Sheriff Joe when you need him?

In short, it's going to take a monumental effort by numerous people and a deep desire by the offender himself to salvage this particular life. Judge Tinsley is a good judge and a fine human being; I do not envy him the task of adjudicating this case.

Submitted by southernboy on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 2:09pm.

Judge Tinsley is a magistrate judge and made bond decision. It's my understanding he won't be adjudicating this felony case. It will be decided in Superior Court, but correct me if I am wrong. I agree with Major Mike that Judge Tinsley is a fine judge and person. I believe the bloggers here are expressing the rightful outrage this community has against these heinous crimes perpetrated on those with no voice and no defense. Though our criminal justice system isn't designed to rehab offenders, that is another issue, it doesn't mean the guilty person doesn't need to do the time that fits the crime. This horrific story is being circulated internationally (got an email from a friend in NC with a link to international news) and is going to be watched very carefully by many, many interested parties. I'm sure there will be much more to come out as this case continues to unfold. Kudos to the fine men and women of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department-you are most appreciated for all the tremendous efforts you make every day!

Submitted by allin on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 1:08pm.

when young careless and irresponsbile teenagers had their day in court the judge asked only one question? And that was which branch of the military service have you enlisted for?

Maybe it's time to form a new military branch so these types of individuals do not give our current ones a black eye - but can serve their time on the front lines and use there felony skills at no cost to the taxpayers who end up flipping the bills for their room and board in a local warm / cable TV provided jail cell for years. A nice tour of duty in the sand and in a hostile foreign country might be a great wakeup call and maybe a good deterance to some of the crime and irrespondsible behavior or at least some of these thugs might actually think where there actions could lead.

Wishing Misty a full recovery and hopefully the same for her attacker.

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Submitted by All Smiles on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 9:55pm.

In my opinion, this young man’s profile HAS THE MAKINGS OF A SERIAL KILLER!!! Serial killers tend to be white, heterosexual males in their twenties and thirties who are sexually dysfunctional and have low self-esteem. They also tend to prey on women and children of their same race. Most serial killers grew up in violent households and as youngsters, they enjoyed torturing animals, setting fires and were chronic bed-wetters. As adults, many serial killers have some type of brain damage and are usually addicted to alcohol and / or drugs. DO NOT LET THIS ONE GET AWAY!!!

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 5:39am.

"Richardson also faces a range of separate charges by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office covering the time period between September and January. Those charges include six counts of failure to record a deer harvest, six counts of unlawful possession or use of wildlife, one count of hunting deer at night and one count of hunting deer over bait."

Deer hunting at night with a light? Big brave hunter! That is very illigal!

Hunting deer over bait? OMG!

6 over the limit?

you know where you can stick his 'permi't don't ya?

Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 6:07am.

More evidence of the values taught by "pillars" of the community.

Submitted by borninfayette on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 4:15pm.

Nice to see contributing citizens have already convicted someone based on what they have read...
After reading the article I was appalled as anyone about the incident and cruelty to a defenseless horse. But I am also concerned at the posts made regarding this boy. Many great questions/comments have been made by fellow readers about this boy, his family, and his punishment but I don't see any wondering if he is innocent or guilty. The word justice is used many times and some have even became spokesperson for all of Fayette citizens with comments such as, "so WE can make sure justice is done". What kind of justice is convicting and sentencing a person ONLINE with your posts and your skewed viewpoints based on what you've read and hearsay? After looking for facts - I've found the boy does have a large community involved family in Fayette (not my opinion but a fact and the judge actually greeted each one during hearing yesterday), he also is a high school student with A's and B's, he has a hunting permit (heck, why get a permit if you have no regard for the law as others have stated?), he has no criminal record and never been in any trouble in the past, and was arrested when his parents took him to the police station for questioning (I had assumed he was at the airport fleeing when arrested after reading the posts). None of these things mean he is innocent but the fact that he killed 6 deer without his harvest record on him doesn't mean he is guilty either. Has anyone thought past their anger of the situation and used common sense? I believe this is a horrible crime and the person or persons who did it should not get off lightly but I do not believe anyone is going to solve this with their nasty posts. I think I will put my energy in wishing Misty a speedy recovery and turn the CSI off.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 5:22am.

Make I ask why you presume he is innocent? and also, you make the parents sound like do gooders because they took the boy in. Most people aren't just wandering down to the police station with their kid for lack of something better to do. The police rqsted it or they were gonna come get his butt n you know it. They had no choice.

..."I've found the boy does have a large community involved family in Fayette"...that doesn't mean it is ok for this little wack job to walk the streets. I hear/see my neigbors kids playing n the woods next to my house all the time. They are wonderful kids. What if this thing was in the woods at the same time?

You may be 'involved' in the community, but you may be more so during visiting hours after this. You should have spent some of your 'involved' time checking him out.

As has been pointed out, the kids that knew him were not surpised. May I ask why you and his parents were not?

That gives me the creeps

The fact that all this large 'involved family' showed up in court, (where were they when he was shooting up animals) sounds like they are already trying to influence the outcome of this. I hope he has a jury trial, I'm comming.

Submitted by skyspy on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 10:52pm.

Umm, yeah, that goes out the window when you go to school and brag about it to anyone who will listen.

I don't care a hang who his parents are. They may think they are "somebody" in this community, but this is evidence of the fact that they are careless jerks. You can't tell me that they didn't know their kid was a mental case. They should have had him in a boot camp a long time ago. Instead of being "good citizens"( ??? huh ?) they inflicted their problem on an entire community.

The parents need to accept responsibility for this mess, make restitution, and make an effort to control, incarcerate, institutionalize, and or heavily medicate their evil, violent kid. Society should not have to pay for the mistakes and horrendous failures of the "parents".

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 6:22pm.

by me. Yep, I give the white satanic kid a free pass.


Submitted by much2do on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 5:49pm.

This "boy" that is old enough to know better....has not lived with his parents since October. I'm sure the judge did greet his family as they entered the courtroom. That's what judges do!!He may have all A's & B's in school...but did your research tell you that he drinks quite heavily for a 17 year old "boy". He may not have a criminal record...yet. But the old saying goes "you can't do wrong and get by". You eventually get caught. Thank GOD that he got caught doing this because next time it could very easily have been a human life. There is an eyewitness to this horrible act of violence. So you say innocent until proven guilty....please!!!

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Submitted by StopAnimalAbuse on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 5:17pm.

My common sense tells me to keep my animals close if I live in Brooks. This isn't a nasty post, it's what I advise my friends who live there to do.

Submitted by Spyglass on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 4:27pm.

As you can obviously see, we aren't the Judge/Jury in this situation. He'll get his day in court....or better yet, he'll plead out and just go away for a LONG time...away from us.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 8:52am.

Sounds like you have been reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

It is true that he's off to a bad start with this and his (alleged) previous behavior and probably the hands-off parenting philosophy we will learn about later.

And everyone is going to take the position that this kid (who is only technically an adult) needs to do hard time for his felony and they will want it to be be for a long time in big boy prison.

Fine - flash forward 5 years and we have a recovered horse (who will need to be moved for her safety), 2 families in Brooks who are devestated, his parents probably divorced and a 23-year old ex-con who is not employable except as a criminal. And of course his 5 years away have given him some criminal skills he would not have learned at Valdosta State or wherever he was going to go to school.

So screaming to put him away now makes us feel good about ourselves for a little while - but what have we accomplished in 5 years when we read about this budding young serial killer again? How about the people he hasn't killed yet, but will in 5 years.

And no I do not have a better solution, but I hope someone does.

All actions have consequences. This one is tricky.

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Submitted by G35 Dude on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 3:02pm.

I like Allin's suggestion. If he's a first time offender, let him serve his sentence in the military. On the front lines. Teach him discipline and make him send half of his pay to the horse's owners until the vet bills, plus some amount set by the court for punitive damages, are paid. Maybe he even learns a trade.

Submitted by FayetteFlyer on Tue, 01/12/2010 - 5:20pm.

in the military is how to become a more efficient killer. Besides, I don't think he'd pass the psych evaluation anyway. And any vets out there, correct me if I'm wrong, but the military wouldn't take someone convicted in this type crime anyway.

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Submitted by CarDealer on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 5:17pm.

I second G35 Dude, I think that it makes for the most logical, as well as beneficial to the offender as well as society. The odds are he would come out of the military a far better citizen than if he were to pull prison time. I wish our court systems would consider the military in selected situations.

I'm just say'n...

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 5:56pm.

You may be right. While I can't speak for current practice, I know that when I was on active duty, there was considerable "troop justice" administered. In other words many troops policed themselves and yes, sometimes, physical activity was involved. For example, there is no better incentive for a soldier to shower regularly and change underware than to be dragged into the shower and scrubbed with stiff handbrushes until raw. Works, I know, I was a scrubber.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 7:41am.

The military idea is a good one. Restitution to the owner - yes for sure. I do think that the deal should be serve 4 years and get an honorable discharge - anything short of that puts him in prison. This used to be a popular solution and a very practical one, you just don't hear much about it anymore.

I was nowhere close to as evil as this kid, but my military experience put me on the straight and narrow very quickly. Hope it is workable in this case.

Submitted by longhair09 on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 6:51am.

Are you suggesting that today's military should rehab this kid? Is that how you view your military in this country? Yes the military has methods to encourage individuals (positive or negative acts) to readjust to ensure they think of the unit first not themselves. This act has nothing to do with the military mission or its values. It has nothing to do with the military purpose in this country. That kids act is YOUR responsibility not the military. Get off your lazy brain and support your community doing something to resolve these issues. Do not assume that this country's military should solve your purely civilian problem. The military is not your instrument of power for every problem you are too lazy to solve. If you served thanks for serving your country.

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Submitted by Gene61 on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 7:49am.

Not the function of the Military to rehab this kid. The function of the military is kill the emeny and break things and keep us safe. Peroid.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 7:57am.

The military is made up of people and equipment who are trained for a mission which usually involves controlled violence. The people are taught control and violence and then set loose. It is obvious this kid knows a lot about violence and nothing about control. So he's half trained already.

And as I pointed out before - what is the alternative? Sending him to prison where he'll be informally trained to be a criminal? The government is going to house and feed this kid for the next several years anyway - why not get something good out of it?

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Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 9:45am.

Yet another big steaming mass of bovine fecal matter. What a disservice to our past and present service people you do when you compare this waste of good oxygen to the people whose sacrifice allows you to disparage them with your ignorance. You and the other fools who would foist this kid on our military obviously have no idea of the dedication and work and training it takes to field an army of the excellence we have. To consider this kid half trained just because he can put a few arrows in a tame horse is stupidity on a level of Bonkersness. I'm sorry you have such a low opinion of our armed forces, but, to be honest, if they were to read the tripe you just wrote, their opinion of you would be even lower.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

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Submitted by G35 Dude on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 10:25am.

How dare you? I have a very high admiration of our military. They do a fantastic job molding young men and teaching discipline while protecting us. And discipline is what this kid has lacked. If all this kid does is dig latrines while there at least he did something constructive. He will either get an honorable discharge and go on to live a productive life and be a credit to those that trained him or bomb out and finish the rest of his sentence in prison. But at least he had a second chance. And more importantly society had a second chance to get a productive citizen instead of what he'll be coming out of prison. What would your suggestion be for this kid?

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Submitted by CarDealer on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 2:28pm.

I knew, if I only were to read a little further down this long list of ramblings I would come upon someone with a logical and level-headed solution to a problem that has haunted our society for all time. In some, but certainly not all circumstances, perhaps say in an age group of 17-24 years of age, depending on the crime, induction into the armed forces would be a "win-win" for our communities. Maybe, just maybe we could turn these boys into better citizens rather than better criminals.

I'm just say'n...

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Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 10:40am.

How dare I? I'm glad you have such a high admiration of the military, it just warms my heart. By any chance you ever been in the military? They don't have the time to babysit society's discipline problems. They'll waste their time and end up discharging him in the end. You want to give him a second chance, put him on probation, with high supervision, but saddling the military with "discipline problems" won't do either one of them any good. You can take this for what it's worth, but when I was in I saw kids like this thrown out all the time. If he's guilty of this it's more then a discipline problem.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 11:29am.

I served during Vietnam and saw plenty of misfits from civilian life thrive in the military - mostly from the training. I saw some that didn't. The military is not for everyone, but it is an option for some and this kid's parents, lawyer, judge, whoever should be open-minded about that.

Actually the military has plenty of time to babysit society's discipline problems. That's what they do in basic training. Do you think that even in today's all-volunteer environment everyone who shows up at basic is a well-adjusted civilian? Impossible.

This kid may or may not be able to pass a psych test to enlist, but if he can he should proceed down that road. Probation, prison and all the rest gives him no chance.

Submitted by FayetteFlyer on Tue, 01/12/2010 - 5:31pm.

if I've got this right. You think that because this kid's family can afford to hire a lawyer and therefore plea bargain his way out of jail time, he should then get taxpayer financed training in the military? Then when it (most likely) doesn't pan out and he gets discharged, to do what then? If this is your solution for at risk youth, then what about other kids in juvenile detention centers? Should they also be allowed this option?

Submitted by lion on Tue, 01/12/2010 - 6:03pm.

Well, everyone has obsessed at length about the poor horse that was shot by arrows by the stupid and soon to be prosecuted kid. However....

Today two more Americans in Cobb County were killed in their work place by a former employee. Several others were wounded.

My guess is that there will be very few posting on the website about this event. Shootings of one kind or another are a daily event and we have come to resign ourselves to such tragedies.

I predict that our NRA friends will say that if other workers there had been armed then one of them may have shot the killer and saved lives.

The rational response, however, is that there are too many guns available in America and too easy access to them.

But the gun carry bunch in Georgia (whatever the real name is) will promote the idea that "real" Americans should carry guns everywhere.

I guess armed employees should be a requirement. When one is being hired and the personnel officer is explaining health benefits, leave, and 401K plans, he should also mandate as a condition of employment that an employee must report to work with an automatic weapon and be prepared to use it.

That will surely make all safer.

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Submitted by G35 Dude on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 12:05pm.

Yes hutch, I have served. And just like Mr Morgan I saw many misfits benefit greatly from the military. Also as stated by Morgan the military is already doing this with many who enlist today.

Submitted by southernboy on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 2:37pm.

Maybe he's been reading a book called "Savage Spawn" by Dr. J. Kellerman, a prominemt child psychologist.

Submitted by abacus2 on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 10:25pm.

I apologize if my failure to proofread offended you. I have arthritis in my hands which makes tying a bit difficult.

Submitted by southernboy on Tue, 01/12/2010 - 7:58am.

I copied and pasted and didn't even notice it. Someone suggested that Stephen King was being read and I thought the book you suggested may be the actual one being read. I have arthritis also in my hands-totally understand.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 9:44pm.

that would aprove of this! He is SICK...but so are his parents! You can't tell me they didn't know what he has been doing. There is no telling how many animals he a maimed for his sick pleasure.

A friend went to the hearing...they stated...his lawyer kept talking about what an old established Fayette county family he comes from! Is suppose to make it allright? I hope everyone attends this little 'freaks' trial, (if his upstanding family) doesn't get him out of it....So we can all make sure justice is done...I also heard the Judge wasn't impressed. Maybe he knows this 'upstanding founding horse killing family'!

Maybe he's kin to PTC Poodle killer, maybe they use to sit on the back porch and break little puppies legs together to show how macho they are.

Submitted by helpful lawyer on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 8:36am.

The purpose of a bond is to secure the attendance of the accused at trial.

In determining whether bail should be granted and in setting the amount of the bond, the judge normally takes into account (1) the seriousness of the offense, (2) the accused’s character and reputation (including his dangerousness to the community, or the possibility of future bad conduct), and (3) the probability of guilt.

In assessing the probability of flight, the judge takes into account the accused’s ties to the community as well as his ability or propensity to flee. (That’s probably why a lawyer would argue to the judge that a defendant has strong family ties to the community.)

In determining the amount of the bond, the judge also takes into account the accused’s ability to pay.

A wise judge also realizes that our jails are crowded and expensive to maintain, and that exposing a young defendant to contact with hardened older criminals in a jail might make things worse rather than better.

Submitted by southernboy on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 8:57am.

I don't think anyone was surprised about the bond. I think the statement about ties to the community was rather disingenuous considering the defendant has not lived within his "family and extended family", for some time! I thought the Citizen blogger who stated:(every teen in Brooks knew who this was the minute it was announced)was extremely telling in itself. My concern at this moment is for animals in the area.

Submitted by pomsmom on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 5:16pm.

If this guy was a small child maybe he could be helped with rehab, but he is seventeen years old. He is not a child. He knew exactly what he was doing. He has deep problems. I wonder if he or his attorney will try the abused as a child excuse. Somebody needs to abuse him as an adult by shooting him with the same kind of arrows. He was a HUNTER. He knew what the arrows would do to an animal. A responsible hunter eats what he kills. I'm am a supporter of responsible hunting. This guy needs some serious jail time.

Submitted by southernboy on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 4:04pm.

Would have been nicer to have him under house arrest (and turn in ALL his weapons) so folks in Brooks could sleep a little easier since he'll be on the streets. I'd still lock up my animals if I lived there. At 17 years old the attacker has lived with a friend since OCTOBER!!! No parental supervision! I am infuriated and I will continue to speak up for Misty!! If I had a child going to Whitewater HS I'd make sure he was going to be attending the Alternative School with the felony charges and 14 misdemeanor charges against him.

Submitted by PTC50 on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:46am.

His parent's have probably bailed him out of trouble all his life, so he thinks he can do no wrong. Maybe the parent's need to take some responsiblty for this.

Submitted by 5stringJeff on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:14am.

This young "man," aside from his well-deserved jail time, should be made to pay restitution to the Padovanos, to include all vet bills and the cost of a new horse. It's not like Misty will be able to be used on the farm as she was before.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:34am.

A civil action probably wouldn't be worth it unless the Padovnos could sue his parents. Jeremy himself probably doesn't have any money and won't be getting a job anytime soon.Technically a 17 year old is an adult in Ga. That means you can't sue his parents unless you can prove his parents own the bow. Which could actually be possible. Don't you have to be 18 to buy a bow?

Submitted by abacus2 on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:33am.

In doing research for a college paper, I read a book called "Savage Spawn" by Dr. J. Kellerman, a prominemt child psychologist. In a nutshell, he stated that some children are born without empathy and there is nothing that can be done to development it in them; these children are a danger to others and something needs to be done to protect society from them. However in the "land of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc chances" this kid will probably get a half-baked psych eval and probation - and then go on to do worse, only be more crafty about getting caught. Look in this young man's eyes - they show NO emotion. I hope the police are questioning the children in the area. I'm 99.9% sure there have been other things going on that the kids are afraid to talk about
I'm not being flippant, but if he were let out back into my neighborhood I'd lock up my kids and pets and put out a for sale sign. P.S. I have a psych degree and work in the field.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 9:56pm.

that does seem to sum him up. I'm sure his 'founding Fayette county family' must be sooooo proud!

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 11:25am.

He has the dead eyes of a serial killer. He has the same blank stare that dhamer and others had in their mug shots. Many serial killers had a history of torturing animals.

Is there any drug that can control this kind of behavior?

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 6:24pm.

Yep right here.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 11:33am.

I don't think you can accurately judge someones mental state by a mug shot. Everybody looks like a psycho path in a mug shot. My grandma would look like a serial killer in a mug shot. You are not supposed to be happy when you are taking a mug shot. I would be way more concerned if this kid look happy in that picture.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 9:57pm.

but you can judge by his actions!

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Submitted by 5stringJeff on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:50am.

I don't know how much of a psych eval you can do off an online mug shot. But, regardless of his level of empathy, this kid should be made to pay for his crime. He may have no empathy for others, but he certainly cares about himself; if he sees that committing crimes will lead to jail time, he may be deterred from committing more crimes.

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Submitted by aliquando on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 1:38am.

All the kids from Brooks knew it was him from the get go. I hope the reward goes to one of them and they donate it to the animal shelter.

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Submitted by SPQR on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 12:43am.

Those of you who didn't do anything stupid and cruel at this kid's age are entitled to throw a stone. Personally I'm not qualified. Hopefully he did something without thinking and isn't some sort of sociopath.
As much as I care for animals I care for the future of this young man more.

Submitted by normal on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 8:45am.

So we have a choice to try to help and fix this problem or just lock him up. Keep in mind if you lock him up for say 2 to 5 years he will be a criminal when he gets out. No one will hire him. So to survive once out of prison a person will resort to criminal activities. Most everyone deserves a 2nd chance.

Submitted by hwancb on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:50am.

When he gets out we will give him a second chance. For someone to do this to a horse shows that this kid already has a criminal mind that has progressed from illegal hunting to a more criminal act. To turn our backs to this kind of activity only hurts a person that needs to be rehabilitated.

Submitted by Howard Beale on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:31am.

With our D.A. and judges setting the precedent with the FCHS bathroom "gang" fight, this animal torturer should get at least five years.

We live in a county that loves locking people up. Occasionally, that's actually a good thing. Have fun in the slammer, kid.

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 6:29pm.

You think the white kid should get the slammer for 5yrs, but not the bros. who robbed the bank???


That is a double standard, oh, I can't believe you want the poor little 17yr old to suffer rape and battery in an adult prison?? Everyone knows what a prison sentence means.....

Shame, shame howie or whatever your real name is....?

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 8:19am.

I can't even imagine how sick and disturbed and evil a person would have to be to think up something like this.

Stop making excuses!

Some behavior is so anti social, sick and evil it can't be excused away.

This rabid animal needs to be locked in an institution so the rest of us can be safe.

Who raises a sick monster like this without seeing the warning signs? How sick are the parents who condone this behavior?

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 6:30pm.

Yeah, I really discriminate when it comes to criminals don't I?

Submitted by wildcat on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 9:33am.

Who raises a sick monster like this? Sometimes "normal" parents (ie, productive members of the community) will have "normal" children and then, for what ever reason, will produce a child that is not "normal." Sometimes there is a medical explanation for it (chemical imbalance, substandard IQ, trauma at an early age) and sometimes, there is nothing. Sometimes there are no red flags until something big comes along. The parents don't know why this child is different. They only know that this is the hand they've been dealt and their morals, ethics and parenting skills have meant nothing. I guess in my world, I see this more than most and I can tell you that it is devastating for the parents. If you have children, thank God that they are "normal" and say a prayer for the mother of this kid.

Due to the fact that a lot of the bloggers on this site are hateful and judgmental I would like to state that I do not condone/excuse his behavior, am very relieved that he has been caught (I live in Brooks) and that Misty is on the mend, and hope that he is justly punished for his crime.

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Submitted by SPQR on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:21am.

I'm not being totally altruistic by saying I care for this fellows future, I'm being pragmatic. I see someone who could easily become a ward of the state and we need less not more of his type. I don't want to pay for his room and board unless its really necessary. People do stupid things for various reasons. I am an animal,lover and as a knee jerk reaction would happily punish this guy till he squealed like a stepped on puppy. But, on the other hand I think handling this situation properly would lessen the likelihood of his going on to be a lifetime offender at the taxpayers expense.

Submitted by 5stringJeff on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:33am.

You still have to punish a person for doing something like this. Whether that punishment is restitution or jail time, you can't not punish someone because you're afraid that he'll commit more crimes. He's the one doing wrong by committing crimes; we (as in society) are not in the wrong for punishing crimes.

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Submitted by SPQR on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 11:01am.

Of course there should be consequences. There should always be accountability.I did not mean to imply otherwise.

Submitted by little ol me on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 4:54am.

defending him. Do kids read books these days, i.e. Black Beauty? Instead of schools promoting "self esteem" by passing out praise for just breathing, maybe READING would be in order. And NO, I didn't do anything cruel at this kids age and think about how many have done something as horrible as this. Extremely few. He is a sociopath. He bragged about it, he felt no remorse and repeatedly, with premeditation inflicted horrible wounds. He is not a sportsman. Someone close to him has encouraged his behavior, probably, and there is possibly another criminal associated with him. He thinks this is cool. He is trying to impress other sickos.

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Submitted by dawn69 on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 2:01am.

Stupid? Yes, I did a lot of stupid things at that age, most of which were self destructive. There was that one time, though, when I was 6 years old and I put a frog in a swarming ant hill. I cried for days over that and still have those pangs of remorse. So...shooting a horse at seventeen? That may have qualified as "stupid and cruel" if he had shot ONE arrow and felt remorse afterward. But three arrows...that's not "stupid and cruel", it's "deliberate and cruel".

"Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." - Charles Dickens

Submitted by Davids mom on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 9:09am.

Here is an example of the need for rehabilitation programs. This young man should suffer the consequences of his actions - and be incarcerated. However, of what good is 'prison' if he is not involved in a rehabilitation program? He will be released. Will he be healed or hardened?

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:13pm.

but his parents should have done something about this way before now. It is a parents responsibilty to take the bad with the good. I'm sure you would agree, that is their kid from the womb to the tomb.

They should have gotten him help, if he can be helped, before now. It sounds like more than acting out, just like ptc poodle killer, there is something really wrong when you hurt something defensless like that.

It sounds like they have just ignored his behavor, thereby beinging his enabler.

I have to say, I respect the Father of the would be terrorist of Dec 25. Can you imagine the hurt of the Father to go to the authorities on his own son? But, by doing so, he was admitting the problem and taking a couragous step to help his child. He tried, we screwed it up.

If these parents had been so brave, maybe this wouldn't have happened.
What is next, the neighbor's child?

Submitted by little ol me on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 3:25am.

This man is SICK and his actions are inexcusable. He tried with premeditation to murder this sweet, indefensible horse. I beg to differ with the man that said the horse would have run. The horse would not have run in the dark and without knowing which direction the threat was coming from and away from other horses because of their herd instinct. DFACS needs to remove this man from his home and incarcerate him. His pattern and history of behavior does not bode well for the rest of society and certainly not the animal kingdom. Maybe he can find a life behind bars. He is cold blooded. Whoever gave this jerk the bow and arrows (was it for Christ's Day?) needs to brought up for aiding and abetting a criminal act.

Submitted by PTC Observer on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 7:44pm.

No matter what legally happens to this young man, expect to see him again in the legal system. Young people that take out their aggression on animals will ultimately ratchet up to people.

His parents should seek the help of a qualified psychiatrist. I hope they care enough to do this for everyone’s sake, they could be the next target.

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Submitted by Gene61 on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 7:27pm.

Stop making excuses for him. Willful act against an defenseles animal, who cares if the loser is lonely or not. Politics, geeze has nothing to with him harming that animal.

Maybe they should shoot him and let him see how it feels.

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Submitted by SpinDr on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 8:36pm.

Maybe you can go to Washington and teach the TSA a thing or two about getting their man!

Submitted by normal on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 6:35pm.

I see a lonely high school student with no friends or family that cared. Wouldnt just one of you hard core bloggers like to know why a kid would grow up to do this. There is a reason this happens. All those years as a young child and then this. I for one would like to know if the parents were working 20 hours a day all his life to pay for a home they couldnt afford, or maybe a one parent house hold, child abuse, bad food, raised by a democrat or just what went wrong and why.

Submitted by Davids mom on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 9:16am.

raised by a democrat?

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Submitted by Main Stream on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 5:05pm.

apparently "normal" blogger, is not normal.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 9:26am.

just laugh... It is a farcical statement.

Does any data exist that shows the pravelence of crime originating from a liberal or conservative/democrat or republical household? I doubt it. Laugh it up

Submitted by Davids mom on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 4:05pm.

I was laughing - (should have added a smiley face) until the remarkable statement from Mudcat. Whew!

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Submitted by mudcat on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:17am.

Baby killing for the convenience of the mother is a crime that has its roots in liberal philosophy. Or if you want real stats, 100% of the babies aborted by liberals wind up dead.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 5:03pm.

One in 5 pregnancies end in spontaneous miscarriages...If god explicitly designed the human reproduction system, is god the biggest abortionist of them all?

Submitted by Davids mom on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 4:02pm.

Or if you want real stats, 100% of the babies aborted by liberals wind up dead.

I'm sure that's 'farcical'. Conversely? 100% of babies aborted by conservatives live? Don't add to the farce by claiming that 'conservative' women don't ever abort.

Submitted by southernboy on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 9:28pm.

Lots of kids grow up in one parent homes or in poverty or with parents who work alot. That's not an excuse for this crime.

Submitted by fiddle on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 6:25pm.

He looks evil.

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Submitted by rzz on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 6:06pm.

And poor Misty's owners and people who love her. Good luck Misty!

Innocent until proven guilty but if this little sack of shi# did it, I hope his sick little a$$ gets the book thrown at him. Dang! Years ago, my buddy and I were hunting doves and came across a dog that some sicko had shot with a shotgun. Same kind of F'd up individual I suppose. At least he'll have a record now. Dang!

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Submitted by Cyclist on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 5:24pm.

six counts of unlawful possession of or use of wildlife when he allegedly illegally possessed deer that had not been reported to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, one count of hunting deer at night when he allegedly shot and killed a deer on West Kelly Lake Drive in Fayette County and one count of hunting deer over bait when he allegedly killed a deer on Kelly Lake Drive using the assistance of a deer feeder.

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Submitted by Eliza on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 5:32pm.

Okay - where were the parents or guardians while all this was going on? Is this one of those cases where "junior can do no wrong" no matter what he's doing?

Submitted by southernboy on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 5:41pm.

No telling how many other animals have suffered at his hands! Bet this isn't the first incident-just the first time he's been caught! Behavior like this just doesn't start up overnight.

Submitted by USArmybrat on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 4:48pm.

When this evil little jerk is found guilty and sentenced, I wish that he could be sentenced to muck stalls all day and every day for many years to come! Going back and forth to prison, of course.

Submitted by ginga1414 on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 4:30pm.

Blessings to Rachel, Dr. McClendon, the Padovano's, the investigators and especially to Misty. There is no telling how long Misty stood suffering in pain until Rachel found her and how scared she must have been. Get well soon, Misty, you are well loved.

Submitted by askari on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 4:12pm.

Well at least it looks like he's old enough to be tried as an adult. He must have some serious psych issues, but I still hope they throw the book at him. maybe some legal scholars can find some applicable ancient law from when they used to hang horse thieves.

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