Teenagers admit to shooting two dozen cattle

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Two teenage boys have admitted to fatally shooting 24 cows on pastures belonging to three Kentucky farms.

The step-brothers admitted to shooting the cows over the course of three days. One operated the four-wheeler while the other would ride on the back and shoot the animals. WYMT reports the boys admitted responsibility to Bell County Sheriff Bruce Bennett, saying they “didn’t have anything else to do that day.”

WATE reports most of the cows were shot in the head or face. The sheriff’s office found four-wheeler tracks and 12-gauge shotgun rounds, there were .22-caliber shells that were used.

The four farmers initially found 12 cattle with gunshot wounds, but as they found more dead animals they increased the reward to $1,500. Carroll Gibbons, one of the farmers with lost cattle, is glad the culprits were arrested.

"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," Gibbons.told WYMT

Limited information is available about the teenagers who will be charged in Juvenile Court. Both boys are charged with felony criminal mischief for killing animals valued at $40,000.

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Colorao  |  April, 15, 2013 at 09:04 AM

These are exactly the kind of kids to be barred from ever owning guns. Killing, for fun, is mental illness!!!!

Craig A. Moore    
Billings, MT  |  April, 15, 2013 at 09:17 AM

And that is why the kids should get all the blame and not the guns. I would say Mom and Dad must be so proud but my guess is the parents are much more concerned on how their life is going on and the kids come in second.

Mexico  |  April, 16, 2013 at 08:32 AM

If the cows had been members of the NRA and had their own guns, they could have protected themselves. Just ask Wayne. CY

CNY  |  April, 16, 2013 at 08:59 AM

Good thought CY, once the NR(Mfg)A gets done arming educators they can start in on animals. The opportunities for profiteering are endless.

MX  |  April, 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Yes, I can see in now. Dogs greeting each other by smelling and licking each others guns. Hey, we could call it a GUN SHOW. CY

Batavia, NY  |  April, 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Too bad one of these farmers did not see them shooting their cattle. The he could have shot these two losers in the face and then asked them how they liked it.

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