Aug 23, 2013
04:45 AMConnecticut Today
Westbrook Man Who Stabbed Alpacas at Essex Farm Gets Six Months in Jail
Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register
Four alpacas at Applesauce Acres in the Ivoryton section of Essex were killed on Dec. 23, 2011.
A Westbrook man who stabbed four alpacas at an Essex farm in 2011 will serve six months in jail on animal cruelty charges.
Kyle Roscetti, 23, pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals and violation of probation in Middlesex Superior Court on Thursday. He accepted a plea deal under the Alford doctrine, which means he does not agree with all the facts in the case but understands the state has enough evidence to convict him. The deal includes one year of jail time, suspended after six months, and two years of probation. While accepting the plea, Judge David Gold told Roscetti that he deserves the jail time.
“I recognize this is on the Alford doctrine, but based on the information that I’ve heard, your behavior deserves the strong sanction from the court,” Gold said. “The incarceration is deserved. The offenses trouble me. Your behavior is inexplicable. While there may have been evidence issues, you deserve to serve this sentence, if not longer. You know what you did.”
Gold ordered Roscetti to receive mental health evaluation and treatment as part of the plea.
“For someone to do this to a defenseless animal, you need treatment,” Gold said. “That’s what I’ll order.”
Roscetti will begin the sentence on Sept. 13 after he receives needed dental treatment, according to his attorney, Norman Pattis.
Applesauce Acres farm owner George Mclauchlan found the four dead animals two days before Christmas 2011 and called police. Officials confirmed that the animals received multiple stab wounds and that the injuries were not caused by other animals.