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Case ID: 19074
Classification: Stabbing
Animal: reptile
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Abuse was retaliation against animal's bad behavior
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Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011

County: Cheshire

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Joshua K. Gilbeau

A Hinsdale man arrested Tuesday in Keene faces charges accusing him of killing his wife's pet python snake and being a fugitive from Vermont.

Joshua K. Gilbeau, 34, was arraigned Wednesday in 8th Circuit Court District Division in Keene on charges of animal cruelty and fugitive from justice.

He was charged with animal cruelty after police say he killed his wife's python snake in June at their home in Hinsdale, according to court documents.

According to a police affidavit, Gilbeau's wife told police she got a text from a mutual acquaintance who told her he'd killed the snake and hung it from the porch.

Gilbeau told a police officer he killed the snake after it bit him, and showed a single mark on his arm, the affidavit showed.

The police officer asked why there was only one mark and not two punctures from the bite and Gilbeau said pythons only have a rear fang, according to the affidavit.

Gilbeau was also charged by the Brattleboro Police Department Jan. 3 with obstructing justice, according to court documents. No further information was available on that charge.

Gilbeau is scheduled to appear Jan. 12 at the Keene court for a review hearing.


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