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Oct 26, 2016 11:43 AM

Police: Farmington man slit throats of neighbor's 2 goats

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man allegedly slit the throats of his neighbor's two goats, killing them.

Officers responded to a report of vandalism at a boarding house at 119 Central Street on Aug. 7. When they arrived, a man showed police that two of his goats that had their throats slit, Fosters reported.

Police were able to examine a trail of blood leading from the farm to the side of the house where Whitney Nelson, 64, lived.

Nelson told police that he did not know how the goats got mutilated. Nelson also had blood on his elbow, police said, but stated he did not know where that came from either.

Police received permission to search Nelson's room, and reported finding another trail of blood leading from the door to the bed in his room. Blood was also found on Nelson's mattress, but he said he did not know anything about the blood, police said.

Nelson was indicted on two class B felony counts of cruelty to animals in October. If convicted, Nelson could face a maximum sentence of 3½ to 7 years in prison and a $4,000 fine for each charge.

He has been released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is prohibited from going within 100 yards of 119 Central Street, or having contact with the man who reported the incident to police.

A dispositional conference for Nelson's case is scheduled to take place on Nov. 9.

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