March 12, 2009
Orion Stoltman Has A Serious Goat Problem - Arrested On Charges Of Kidnapping And Then Beheading Two Pet Goats
Orion Stoltman's Fitting MySpace Profile
Tooele, Utah (The Weekly Vice) - Orion Stoltman, a 19-year-old Springville man has been charged after burglarizing a family and then beheading their pet goats on Halloween.
After a lengthy investigation, Tooele city prosecutors finally announced charges in the Halloween slaying of two pet goats that were stolen from a Tooele family's home and then beheaded at a local elementary school.
According to Tooele police, three teenagers trespassed onto a family's property and broke into a pen containing the family's pet pygmy goats. The teenagers kidnapped two goats, named Daisy and Duke, and took them to North Lake Elementary School - a half mile away.
Police were notified after a neighbor heard crying sounds coming from the school and decided to investigate. The neighbor, who's property boarders the school property, called 911 after finding a group of teens standing around the animals' bloody carcases. Upon being discovered, the teens fled the scene.
Investigators say one goat was successfully decapitated. The other goat's head was described by police Lt. Paul Wimmer as "hanging on by a thread".
Dena and Zack Linell were identified as the animals owners, but no arrests were made until a reward for information brought in a few informants who helped police identify one adult and one juvenile as suspects. Investigators have not yet identified the third suspect believed to have been involved.
"This incident effected us pretty dramatically," said Dena Linell, "We put in a security system because I'm terrified to be alone. When my son sees goats, he still cries out for Daisy. I'm having a hard time getting past it, but I'm hoping that them finding the [suspects] will help me get past it."
A week before the goat decapitations, a dog was reportedly found shot in the head, although police have not announced a connection between the two incidents.
Orion Kent Mitchelle Stoltman now faces 5 misdemeanor charges in the case. The charges include two counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.
Stoltman's criminal history includes a conviction for failing to stop at the command of a police officer and providing shelter to a runaway. He also pleaded guilty in October to discharging a firearm.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
These are some seriously weak charges. How do you trespass onto someone's property, burglarize their home, kidnap a family's pet, saw off it's head and get out of it all without a single felony? Could someone from the Tooele city prosecutor's office kindly tell us?
Where is that burglary charge? How about larceny? It's a bunch of wobbly kneed nonsense from the prosecutor's office if you ask me.
The Weekly Vice
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