UPDATE: Sheriff says teens confessed to shooting cattle

By Angela Sparkman | 

UPDATE 4-11-13

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Bell County Sheriff says two teenage boys admitted they shot cattle in several pastures.

Farmers say two dozen cows have died in the past two weeks.

Sheriff Bruce Bennett says he cannot release many details on the arrests because the two teenagers charged are juveniles. He says the two boys confessed to riding a four-wheeler and shooting cows.

One farmer, Carroll Gibbons, says losing the cows felt like losing family.

"We had that taken away from us on these cows. It's been a mental drain," said Gibbons.

Wednesday, Bell County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two teenage step-brothers. The Sheriff says the teens confessed during questioning.

"One of the brothers would operate the four-wheeler and the other would ride on the back and shoot the animals," said Sheriff Bennett.

Farmers say twenty-four cows total on four Bailey Hill pastures died from gunshots.

Sheriff Bennett says the two boys told him they shot cows on three different days.

"When I asked point blank why would you do such a horrendous act, these are big gentle animals, harmed nobody, and they said we just didn't have anything else to do that day," said Sheriff Bennett.

Carroll Gibbons knows he cannot get his cattle back but is pleased with the arrests and will seek punishment in court.

"I think the punishment ought to be appropriate for the crime. I'd like to see these boys' lives made better by knowing this is wrong," said Gibbons.

Deputies charged the boys with felony criminal mischief.

The two boys had a court hearing on Thursday afternoon but officials say they cannot release what happened because they are in Juvenile Court.

The four farmers offered a $1,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. They are evaluating who qualifies for the reward at this time.

Gibbons also thanked the community for all the tips that led to the arrests.

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Bell County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two people they believe are responsible for shooting dozens of cattle.

Deputies charged two teenagers in the case.

Sheriff Bruce Bennett says both suspects are juveniles, so they cannot release their names and other information.

Last month, four farmers found more than 20 cows with gunshot wounds in their pastures.

The two teenagers are in the Adair Juvenile Detention Center.

Sheriff Bennett says the juveniles face two felonies and several misdemeanor charges.

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