Two Teens Will Go On Trial For Allegedly Shooting & Killing Horses

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

After a plea deal was rejected last week for two teens accused of shooting and killing horses in Pike County, now they say they're not guilty and want a trial.

Seeing the two teens accused of shooting and killing her horses is no easy task for owner Trish Hayes.

“Kind of hard actually,” Trish Hayes said.

18 year old Jacob Ratliff and 17 year old Michael Damron thought their time in court was over.

Last week they accepted a plea deal for 30 days in jail, community service, and probation, but the Judge rejected it.

“We were naturally disappointed the plea was not accepted,” Steve Owens said.

As much as she hates seeing them, Hayes says she's glad to be back in court facing the teens who allegedly shot her horses.

One of the horses was shot more than 30 times.

Hayes didn't like the plea deal.

The judge offered no reason for why he didn't accept the deal, but he let the two boys change their plea back to not guilty to take the case to trial.

“That leaves us with now telling our side of the story. We hope the public will be fair and understanding of the situation in its entirety,” Owens said.

Damron and Ratliff's attorney says he will seek to move the trial out of Pike County because of all the media attention.

The trial will begin on September 24th.

Any change of venue requests will be considered before then.


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  • by Concerned Location: Pikeville on May 29, 2007 at 06:24 AM
    Why should these two young men, be made an example of? In the past two weeks there have bben several men arrest and sentenced to raping little girls, and their punishment was no where near the 16 years the newspaper said these young men are looking to face. What makes them any differant, is it because they both have good families, or because your son or daughter dont like them. Since this happen in January there have been several case of person under 18 getting into the court system, why dont they make the news, or local newspaper?
  • by Family Location: Elkhorn City on May 29, 2007 at 06:08 AM
    I am not sure what exactly is well known in our community, but I can assure you Michael Damron has never been involved in any previous acts of illegal behavior. I can also state for the record his family is not doing any shady deals to get him out of trouble. Unless you know the facts you need to keep your comments to your self. You people need God in your life!
  • by eye for an eye Location: kentucky on May 27, 2007 at 08:44 AM
    they should learn what an eye for an eye is for this crime they commited!!
  • by Pikeville Resident Location: Pikeville on May 26, 2007 at 06:11 AM
    It's well known in this community that this incident is an escalation of illegal behavior that goes back for years. These are not two little boys who got carried away one night and committed a first offense. Their families have been able to get them out of hot water and keep things hushed up until now. Thanks Judge Coleman for rejecting that cozy little slap on the wrist plea bargain! These boys knew what they were doing and they did it mailciously and they need to be punished accordingly.
  • by Cathy Location: Eastern Kentucky on May 25, 2007 at 04:36 PM
    Teresa from Georgetown, don't blame everyone from Eastern Kentucky for what a few do! We don't blame for the crime in Central Kentucky.
  • by Teresa Location: Georgetown on May 25, 2007 at 12:03 PM
    All of my life I have tried to defend eastern Ky.
  • by Chris Location: Southeastern Ky on May 25, 2007 at 11:14 AM
    Just think, if they are so willing to do this kind of action towards helpless animals...what makes people think they will stop at just that?
  • by Danielle Location: Pikeville on May 25, 2007 at 10:17 AM
    I heart goes out to the owner of the horses, I myself am a animal lover. I believe that the trail does need to be moved out of pike county. These boys should have to help at the Pike County animal shelter and see how how animals are when they are brought into the shelter.
  • by Alta on May 25, 2007 at 09:55 AM
    They need to understand the pain and suffering they brought upon these animals. They need to pay for the crime they commited and they also need help.It took a very unsettled mind to do these acts.
  • by Draft Horse Owner Location: Corbin, KY on May 25, 2007 at 05:55 AM
    To Trish Hayes, I can only imagine the pain you've had to endure. I hope your getting the support that's needed. (My sympathy goes out to you.) To Jacob
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