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Case ID: 19271
Classification: Vehicular
Animal: other wildlife
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Attorneys/Judges
Judge(s): Roxanne Bailin


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Sunday, Jan 1, 2012

County: Boulder

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

Defendants/Suspects:
» Name Undisclosed
» Name Undisclosed
» Name Undisclosed - Not Charged

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

Police on Thursday spoke with three Longmont High School students suspected of herding a gaggle of geese into the road on Sunday and running them down with an SUV, according to Longmont police Cmdr. Jeff Satur.

He said investigators are scheduled to consult with the Boulder District Attorney's Office on Friday afternoon to determine possible charges in the case.

According to police reports, witnesses watched Sunday as a white SUV stopped in the area of 12th Avenue and Sumner Street and one teen got out to herd geese from a nearby yard into the roadway. Once the birds moved into the street, the SUV's driver accelerated into the group, killing three and injuring a fourth.

Satur said initial reports indicated that four teens were in the vehicle, but investigators now believe there were only three.

After the birds were struck, the teen who herded the animals got back into the SUV, which left the area. The SUV sustained damage in the collision and witnesses recognized the vehicle as one frequently parked at the high school, according to reports.

The teens could be arrested on suspicion of aggravated animal abuse, which is a felony.


Case Updates

A Longmont teenager accused of herding geese into a roadway so his friend could run them over with an SUV accepted a plea deal with prosecutors on Wednesday that spared him a felony conviction.

The teen appeared briefly in Boulder Juvenile Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed four felony animal cruelty charges, one count of misdemeanor hunting from a motor vehicle and illegal possession of wildlife.

According to police, the boy was riding in the SUV with his friends when they stopped near 12th Avenue and Sumner Street on Jan. 1. He got out and herded a gaggle of geese into the roadway so his friend could run over them. Three geese died immediately and a fourth died later.

Witnesses, who aided the goose that initially survived, described the SUV to police and said that it was often parked at Longmont High School. Police tracked down the SUV and owner and found that damage on the SUV was consistent with striking the geese.

Boulder District Judge Roxanne Bailin said the boy's remorse for the event was evident.

"This incident caught the attention of the community in a pretty big way," she said. "Are you in a place now where you can kind of understand why that happened?"

"Yes," the boy replied.

Prosecutors noted that the boy is involved in school sports and his church and performs community service. Under the terms of his probation, he must complete a restorative justice program and individual counseling.

"I am very sorry for my part in this," he said.

His father declined the opportunity to speak to the judge, but the boy's mother said she believed the deal was appropriate and "he learned his lesson."

The driver pleaded guilty last week to two misdemeanors as part of a similar plea deal. A third boy who was in the SUV was referred to restorative justice immediately and did not face charges.

The boys were also ordered to pay restitution in the case, including vet care for the goose that initially survived. The amount has not yet been determined.
Source: dailycamera.com - Apr 4, 2012
Update posted on Apr 5, 2012 - 2:49PM 
Two teenagers accused of purposely herding geese into a street to run them down with an SUV in January are scheduled to return to Boulder Juvenile Court in March for a status hearing.

Two Longmont High School students, both 17, are charged with four counts each of felony animal cruelty, and one count each of misdemeanor hunting from a motor vehicle and illegal possession of wildlife.

The teens' names were not released to the public because the level of the felony charges is not high enough to compel the release.

Longmont police ticketed the teens on Jan. 9 following an investigation into a report that witnesses watched the teens intentionally run down the geese. According to reports, a white SUV stopped near 12th Avenue and Sumner Street on Jan. 1, a passenger got out and herded geese from a nearby yard into the roadway, and the driver accelerated into the gaggle. Three geese were killed immediately and a fourth goose died later. A third teen who was in the SUV was referred to Longmont's restorative justice program.

Boulder County prosecutors filed formal charges on Feb. 1. The teens are scheduled to return to court on March 28.
Source: dailycamera.com - Feb 9, 2012
Update posted on Feb 10, 2012 - 2:35PM 

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