David J. LeBlanc Jr. will be going to jail for five years for a horrific crime of beating a newborn calf to death in front of friends after the New Orleans Saints lost to the Dallas Cowboys last season. Also convicted in the case were Dwayne J. Jenkins, 36, Christopher R. Murphy, 27 and Carnie B. Smith, 29. Smith stole the calf to be beated to death by LeBlanc.
The men dragged the calf to a parking lot during a Saints party and LeBlanc proceeded to beat it to death with a shovel. Jenkins and Smith watched and Murphy removed the calf’s carcass and dumped it. Murphy later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft and also was placed on probation.
State District Judge Martin Coady handed down the sentence for the use of “a dangerous weapon” to cause the “painful death” of a defenseless animal. I can certainly understand the sentence in light of the crime, but I would not call a shovel a “dangerous weapon.”
LeBlanc asked for mercy, explaining “[prison] would ruin my life completely. I have a kid on the way. I could not do that.” He will have to try.
Source: Dallas News