Cow And Horse Shooting Charges

Charges filed in animal shootings in Cass County.

The Cassgram reports 18-year-old Jeffrey J. Ivey of Omaha was arraigned this week on four felony charges. Bond was set at $50,000 (10% applicable). Ivey has not posted bond.

Ivey and a 15-year-old, also from Omaha, were arrested near Murray after rural residents provided information on the whereabouts of a suspect vehicle. (Monday (1/3/11 Cassgram)

Five cattle were shot last month and authorities learned after the arrests that a horse had been shot too. (Three cattle died; two cattle and the horse survived.) Gunshots damaged road signs and a utility building was riddled with bullets.

Cass County Chief Deputy County Attorney Colin Palm said investigators are still inventorying damage. He said more charges, most likely misdemeanors, may be filed later.

One cow shooting incident occurred December 3rd, the other four occurred December 28th. The arrests were made December 30th. “We believe these individuals came to Cass County more than once,” said Palm.

A .22 caliber rifle, an AK-47 and a 12-gauge shotgun were seized from the pickup.

The charges against Ivey: two counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony, Class I-C Felonies; two counts of criminal mischief, Class IV Felonies.

The county attorney’s office is still deciding on what charges the 15-year-old will face and whether they will be filed in juvenile or adult court. He was released to the custody of his parents.

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