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Teens Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail For Fatal Horse Attacks

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two teens convicted of attacking and shooting several horses in eastern Kentucky have been sentenced to six months in jail.

Pike Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman sentenced Jacob Leslie Ratliff and Michael Ross Damron, both 18, on Friday. With time served, the two will be headed to jail for 99 more days.

Official said the teens, driving a truck and armed with two shotguns and a pistol, gunned down a herd of horses on a strip mine in Beaver near Elkhorn City in January 2007.

Three horses died from multiple gunshot wounds and five others were injured. One 4-year-old mare named "Ghost" was shot more than 50 times.

One horse owner, Trish Varney, said Friday the sentence was fair.

As a part of the deal, Ratliff and Damron had to each pay $25,000 restitution to the victims.
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