Back on June 2, 2008, I posted a blog on â€œCrime knows no boundaries.â€ The blog reported about the killings of 32 bison in Fairplay, Colorado. Good news, today the Texas businessman and ranch owner who allowed this killing spree to happen is being prosecuted in the deaths of the 32 bison.
According to the latest news report , Jeffrey Scott Hawn of Austin has been charged with 32 counts of animal cruelty, one count of theft of more than $20,000 and one count of criminal mischief. The indictment says that he â€œtortured, needlessly mutilated or needlessly killedâ€ the bison that belonged to another rancher.
Even though these charges are misdemeanors, animal cruelty can get you 2-4 years of jail time and theft and criminal mischief can add a couple of more years in jail. My best advice for Mr. Hawn would be to plead guilty, pay the fines and admit that he was stupid in doing what he did. Maybe the judge will waive jail time. If not, that should teach him not to kill one of Godâ€™s creatures and take away a livelihood from a hardworking rancher.
Iâ€™ll continue to follow the progress on this crime and let you know the outcome.