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5th suspect pleads not guilty to slaughtering cow

By Laura Johnston

The Journal Gazette


ANGOLA – A 20-year-old Angola man is the latest to plead not guilty to killing a dairy cow and stealing its legs, supposedly for the meat.

Like the four other Steuben County suspects, Scott Michael Wooster of the 700 block of South County Road 600 West is charged with theft, a Class D felony punishable by six months to three years in prison, for the cow’s death June 24. A 15-year-old Hamilton juvenile has also been charged, and police are still searching for one man.

Wooster, who appeared in court Friday, turned himself in Thursday evening and was released Friday afternoon from the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Wooster, Matthew Shaffer, Jeremy Maguire and Perry Dominguez are accused of slaughtering the Holstein, dismembering it and eating its legs. The cow, named Ellen, was kept in a Steuben County pasture owned by Terry Penick and was worth about $7,000.

When Penick discovered the cow on the morning of June 24, it was missing its legs, a probable affidavit said. Its throat had been cut from ear to ear, its esophagus appeared to have been removed, and it had stab wounds over its body and a hole in its head.

The gruesome story has been the talk of the Steuben County Courthouse this week.

Affidavits – virtually the same for each suspect – say the six young men set off to kill a cow for meat.

A probable cause affidavit filed in Dominguez and Wooster’s cases says Dominguez had been drinking all day June 23 before meeting up with five other men at a mobile home park to kill a cow.

Maguire knew that cows were kept at the farm because he formerly lived on the same street, an affidavit said. He and five others met at his house and decided “to get a cow” late Thursday.

The affidavit then gives this account:

The group went to a gas station to get something to drink, then piled into Shaffer’s truck and drove to the farm. Maguire shot the cow in the barn with a bow and arrow, which prompted the cow to ram the men, and in the process the animal tore out a fence.

The men chased the cow, and another man shot it again with a bow and arrow. The cow then fell.

Maguire used a butcher kit to remove the cow’s legs. Shaffer and Wooster loaded the cow parts onto Shaffer’s truck.

The group then drove to Maguire’s house and skinned the cow’s legs, put them on ice and ate some of the meat.

In court Friday, Wooster said he did not graduate high school and was unemployed. Other than his car, a 1988 Chevrolet Camaro, he said he didn’t own any property worth more than $100.

Magistrate Judge Randy Coffey appointed Wooster a public defender.
 

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Few (25) years back had a place on a lake head - A medow at lake side was in view from the house but about a mile down hill by road.

Motor Boaters would come in shoot a animal, use a chain saw to cut off the hind quarters and be gone before we could get down there. They would meet someone on their way back to the boat dock and give them the meat and tools. If the Law caught them at the boat dock there was No Proof.

Tried shooting at them but long long shots and they just laugh

We put a garbage can Lid down on the mud where they put their boat - - we got to where we could put several shot in a 5' area with Kentucky Windage

Law Officers found the bullit riddles boat 1/2 full of water with outbouard motor - part of the boats ID had been removed but they could still idenify it - traced it and found meat cuters/stealers at home with meat/hide/brand
 

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OldDog/NewTricks said:
Few (25) years back had a place on a lake head - A medow at lake side was in view from the house but about a mile down hill by road.

Motor Boaters would come in shoot a animal, use a chain saw to cut off the hind quarters and be gone before we could get down there. They would meet someone on their way back to the boat dock and give them the meat and tools. If the Law caught them at the boat dock there was No Proof.

Tried shooting at them but long long shots and they just laugh

We put a garbage can Lid down on the mud where they put their boat - - we got to where we could put several shot in a 5' area with Kentucky Windage

Law Officers found the bullit riddles boat 1/2 full of water with outbouard motor - part of the boats ID had been removed but they could still idenify it - traced it and found meat cuters/stealers at home with meat/hide/brand

Way to go! :D But what would have happened if you'd shot one of the men?
Whose side would the law have been on in California?
 

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While in the Corp I fired expert with both rifle and pistol :) but even with that we had a sniper that would come to the same spot on a ridge about a mile away and creat havoc. We got a 50 cal machine gun on a tri pod and sand baged it in and set it up right on target - - - about three days later a shot rang out and then the sniper lost his head :eek: (literaly). :D
The thieves around here are not ambitious enough to work that hard - - - But I sure feel sorry for the man who lost his cow. If I had my way the thieves would get the same treatment as the cow. Dismember them first :evil: and then cut their throats to keep the noise down :twisted: . That would keep the up and commers thinking. :wink:
 

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nr said:
OldDog/NewTricks said:
Few (25) years back had a place on a lake head - A medow at lake side was in view from the house but about a mile down hill by road.

Motor Boaters would come in shoot a animal, use a chain saw to cut off the hind quarters and be gone before we could get down there. They would meet someone on their way back to the boat dock and give them the meat and tools. If the Law caught them at the boat dock there was No Proof.

Tried shooting at them but long long shots and they just laugh

We put a garbage can Lid down on the mud where they put their boat - - we got to where we could put several shot in a 5' area with Kentucky Windage

Law Officers found the bullit riddles boat 1/2 full of water with outbouard motor - part of the boats ID had been removed but they could still idenify it - traced it and found meat cuters/stealers at home with meat/hide/brand

Way to go! :D But what would have happened if you'd shot one of the men?
Whose side would the law have been on in California?
hah You have (1) ONE (1) guess - now think before you speak - - -think carefully - - this is in California, you know - - ready? - - RIGHT! You are correct! Your ___ would be grass! :shock: Remember - you must be FAIR. These poor uneducated people were hungry - nothing to eat - but plenty of cash for booze! :mad: And, of course, Temporarily Insane -Poor boys :cry2:
 

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A few years back Saskatoon city police responded to a disturbance complaint in an apartment complex. They responded to find a pair of intoxicated and stoned natives chasing a bleeding and frightened weanling calf around the living room. Needless to say it was quite a mess! Seems these guys wanted some fresh meat and drove until they found a pasture with cattle. Not having a rifle they chased the herd with their car until they hit and run down this calf: one catch ....they didn't have any butcher tools either! In their impaired wisdom they decided to load the calf in the trunk and take him home to finish the job. They did manage to get the calf drug into their apartment however when they went to bleed him (in the living room ???) their catch revived and began a desperate fight for survival. The police were flabbergasted but managed to straighten things out. The calf was returned to his owner (I.D."d by ear tags)slightly the worse for wear and the high IQ rustlers probably got a short stay at the government hilton where they are fed meat three times a day!
 

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