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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  • by j Location: ky on Apr 6, 2008 at 08:22 PM
    6 months..that's it.?! My horse was injured beyond recovery and had to be euthinized and I loved him dearly, would have done anything possible to save it and these little punks just shoot these defenseless horses! If it were my kid, I'd never acknowledge his existence again. They didn't just kill these horses, they OVERKILLED them. Not enough.!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2008 at 06:08 PM
    It is sad. They should sever a year for ever shot that hit a horse.
  • by teresa Location: ky on Apr 6, 2008 at 05:29 PM
    small fine for such a big crime! so sad i wish they would make it a harder on those kids that do stuff like this cause one day it could be a human
  • by Anonymous Location: Kentucky on Apr 6, 2008 at 10:06 AM
    They need to be serving in a community service as well, working in an horse rescue program. Little brats!!! They will be back at it again!!!
  • by DAVID Location: SOMERSET on Apr 6, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    Yep thats fair, good job judge, keep up the good work
  • by Do you call this justice? Location: Ky on Apr 6, 2008 at 05:15 AM
    Juveniles or not....in 6 months they will get out and next they will attack and shoot people. Fair sentence my (edited)!!!

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