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Oct 20, 2010 9:27 PM by Alison Haynes

3 men plead guilty to beating calf to death

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Three men have pleaded guilty to stealing a newborn calf and beating it to death after the New Orleans Saints lost to the Dallas Cowboys last year.
According to Wednesday's Times-Picayune, Dwayne J. Jenkins, David J. LeBlanc Jr. and Carnie B. Smith stole the 3-day-old calf from Red Bluff Farm near Folsom - known for its petting zoo that caters to school children - on Dec. 19, 2009.
Authorities said the trio dragged the animal to where a Saints party had been held and took out their frustrations over the Saints loss to Dallas by beating the calf to death with shovels.
Jenkins, 36, of Mandeville, and LeBlanc, 22, of Gibson, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated cruelty to animals and theft of livestock.
While LeBlanc's sentencing was postponed, state District Judge Martin Coady sentenced Jenkins to five years of probation. Coady also ordered Jenkins to help pay restitution for the cost of the animal, although that cost has not yet been determined, the district attorney's office said.
Last week, Smith, 29, of Covington, pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals and theft of livestock; he also received five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution.
A fourth man, Christopher Murphy, 27, of Franklinton, did not participate in stealing or killing the animal, but he removed the calf's carcass, drove into the woods and dumped it, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft,
and was sentenced to two years of probation.

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