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Case ID: 17825
Classification: Beating
Animal: reptile
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Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011

County: Windham

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Devin M. Shippee

Two local men were taken into custody on Wednesday for allegedly killing a snake with a leveled gravestone in a South Main Street cemetery.

Brattleboro police officers responded to the Prospect Hill Cemetery shortly after 12:33 p.m. on April 27 for reports of two young men standing on monuments in the yard and knocking over markers.

Upon arrival at the cemetery, police found 22-year-old Jonathan D. Pych, of Brattleboro, had thrown down a tombstone and 18-year-old Devin M. Shippee had used it to kill a snake.

"They also put a twig from a tree inside of the snake and draped it over another tombstone," said BPD officer Adam Belville. Witnesses from the neighborhood called police to report the two men near the front of the cemetery on the top portion of South Main Street, who they had seen vandalize at least one grave marker.

No cost estimates for replacing the markers are available at this time.

Pych was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court: Windham Criminal Division on June 7 after he was charged with destruction of grave markers. Shippee was cited to appear in court on the charges of aggravated animal cruelty and destruction of grave markers.

Aggravated animal cruelty charges are filed when an animal is killed because of an action by a suspect.


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