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Monday, December 6, 2010

Man Gets 5 Years For Killing Calf With Shovel After Cowboys Beat Saints

Not even Joey Porter's pitt bulls would condone this: a 22-year old Louisiana man has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing a calf and beating it to death with a shovel after the Saints lost to the Cowboys during the 2009 season.

According to the Time Picayune David LeBlanc Jr. was one of several men convicted in the case.
LeBlanc helped Dwayne J. Jenkins, 36, and Carnie B. Smith, 29, steal the 3-day-old calf on Dec. 19, 2009, from Folsom's Red Bluff Farms, famous for a petting zoo frequented by schoolchildren. They dragged the animal to the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex on Louisiana 1078, where they had attended the Saints party.

There, LeBlanc pummeled the calf with the shovel until it died while Jenkins and Smith watched, according to authorities.
Obviously a horrific crime and the judge slapped LeBlanc with the harsh sentence because he used "a dangerous weapon" that resulted in the "painful death" of a defenseless animal.
The judge ignored pleas from LeBlanc prior to the sentencing in which LeBlanc said he deserved either the same punishment if not a lighter one than his fellow defendants got because he was "the only one who came forth and told the truth" to investigators.

"The others lied the whole time," added LeBlanc, who wore a black-hooded sweatshirt and dark-blue jeans to the hearing. "(Prison) would ruin my life completely. I have a kid on the way. I could not do that."
I'm still not sure how killing a calf makes up for the Saints losing a football game. Whatever, there were a lot of people (myself included) who thought Michael Vick's prison sentence had more to do with his celebrity than justice being served. Given LeBlanc's punishment, that's apparently not the case.