Published: Saturday, April 7, 2007
Teen gets probation for shooting cow
NEWARK, Ohio (AP) A teenager who shot and killed a cow in a prank was sentenced to probation and told by a judge that it was time to grow up.
Paul Davis, 18, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony vandalism and a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals. Davis drove to a farm last May and used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot a crossbred Angus heifer, authorities said.
Licking County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Marcelain, who could have sentenced Davis to 18 months in prison, put the teen on probation for three years and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service and to pay restitution to the central Ohio farmer who was raising the cow for breeding purposes.
"It's time to step up and be responsible," the judge said. "You're an adult now. Childhood is over."
Davis could spend six months in prison if he violates the terms of his probation.
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