15-year old Boy
James E. Vannatta
Jordan Bruce Stackhouse
Beating death of four baby goats
Williams Township, PA
April 11, 2006
Williams Township Police are investigating a horrifying case of animal abuse in Northampton County after find three goats dead in Williams Township. Authorities state that several teenagers broke in and committed a horrific act of animal cruelty.
Update May 6, 2006:
4 people have been arrested for killing the goats. Jordan Bruce Stackhouse and James E. Vannatta, both age 18 of Williams, along with a 16-year-old boy from Williams Township, a 15-year-old from Wilson and a 17 also from Wilson. All have been charged with criminal trespass.
Update May 16, 2006:
Vannatta and Stackhouse plead guilty to criminal trespass before District Judge Sandra Zemgulis in Easton and was released after paying $425 that included a $300 fine.
The 16-year-old boy remains in juvenile detention on charges of killing 2 newborn goats and injuring 2 other kids. The 15-year old boys parents notified Judge Zemgulis' office that they met with a judge, no date has been set and it is unknown what the teen plead.
Easter the remaining baby goat has died. Easter became sick and was euthanized on May 6th.
Update July 29, 2006:
The 16-year old boy accused of
beating goats in Williams Township plans to fight a misdemeanor charge for animal
cruelty. He is accused of beating four baby goats with a wooden handle in
a pasture off Kressman Road in
The Friday conference attended
by Assistant District Attorney
A contested hearing – similar to trial for adults – has been postponed to a tentative June 27 date. The Judge has not set a new date for the hearing as of Friday, June 29th. Maggie Alexander and Matt Redmond who owned the goats are moving to a farm in Brookfield, NY.
Update September 10, 2006:
4 Teens plead guilty in May to criminal trespass charges and paid up to $435 in fines and court costs. The 16-year old from Williams, had the most serious charge of cruelty to animals dropped. The teen had also been charged with criminal trespass, but it is unclear how that charge was resolved.
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