Texas man pleads guilty in livestock killings

August 16, 2014 • State News

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A 20-year-old Texas man faces sentencing in a southeastern New Mexico court after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the shooting deaths and mutilation of [auth] livestock in 2013.

Jade Ryan Jenkins of Fort Bend had been free on bond but was taken into custody after he pleaded guilty Thursday in state District Court in Carlsbad.

According to the Carlsbad Current-Argus ( ), Judge Raymond L. Romero postponed immediate sentencing so Jenkins can undergo a diagnostic evaluation.

Romero said the killings of several cows and horses were committed in a cruel manner because they were shot with guns intended to kill birds, not large animals.

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