Two Teens Plead Guilty in Cow Killing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Two Traverse City teenagers who killed a cow with a bow and arrow will get jail time when they're sentenced next month.
Eighteen-year-old Jared Kaltenbach and 17-year-old Kody Richardson pleaded guilty this week to attempted killing or torturing an animal. That's a misdemeanor.
They'll be sentenced Sept. 14.
Grand Traverse County assistant prosecutor James Pappas says the teens will spend at least 90 days in jail and have to pay a combined $1,500 in restitution.
Police say Richardson shined a flashlight on the cow so Kaltenbach could shoot it with a bow and arrow last month at a Garfield Township farm.
Sheriff's deputies say Richardson told them the teens shot the cow in self-defense because it came at them as they walked through a field.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    If one of them was injured, they could get by with self defense plea.
  • by Tyler on Aug 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    Self Defense eh? even if the animal were to attack them(i dont think there has ever been a case of self defense against a cow,ive looked hard and long to find one and i cant),it sounds like they were trespassing on a farm anyways,so that would not be a good defense in court. they murdered a perfectly good cow,now they should have to pay for the value of the cow,emotional distress to the owner,and additional money to the owner and to the responding LEO's then they should face physical punishment,whipping or stoning.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    why were they in the field to begin with with lights and a bow? Sounds like its more serious such as poaching deer!! Or killing them for fun.
  • by Kevin on Aug 27, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    I hope they both get some jail time.
  • by Greg Location: Lansing on Aug 27, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    How many cow attacks happen each year anyway? personally the judge should sentance the two boys, to shuvel all the cow dung in the field for 90 days.
  • by Greg Location: Holt on Aug 27, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    I'm sure their parents are proud.
  • by Angry on Aug 27, 2010 at 07:20 AM
    I have never heard of a cow attacking anyone. They usually come towards someone because they are ready to go to the barn. What these two did was intentional. I don't think the sentence is nearly strong enough. Makes you wonder what other harmless domestic animals they have shot and injured or killed. I seriously doubt if being in jail will teach them a thing. Neither of them has the brains they were born with.
  • by disgusted Location: lansing on Aug 27, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    These two morons need to get scared straight while they do their time
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