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Saturday, Dec 8, 2001County: Clackamas
Defendant/Suspect: Matthew Tompkins
A 20-year-old Estacada man was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years' probation April 22, 2003 for dousing a Rhode Island Red chicken with gasoline and setting it on fire in 2001. Matthew Tompkins pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated animal abuse, a felony, in Clackamas County Circuit Court.
The charge stemmed from an incident that took place Dec. 7 or 8, 2001 , in which Tompkins poured gasoline on a pet chicken at his girlfriend's home in the 22000 block of South Cadonau Road.
Tompkins released the chicken from its coop before setting it on fire, prosecutor Jody Vaughan said. The bird died.
As part of his probation, he was ordered not to have contact with the owner of the chicken, and he must obtain a GED certificate.
In March 2002, Tompkins was convicted of third-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault. His sentence was two years' probation and 30 days in jail.
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