Eudora youth pleads no contest to shootings, assault accusations
A 14-year-old Eudora boy pled no contest to one count of juvenile felony aggravated assault against an 11-year-old Eudora boy. The youth was in court for his second appearance Friday.
The 14-year old also pled no contest to three counts of misdemeanor juvenile accusations of cruelty to animals. The misdemeanor accusations stemmed from the shootings of 11 head of cattle on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
During the shootings, three registered longhorn cattle were killed and three others were wounded. They were valued at $4,500 and belonged to Ron DeMott, Eudora. The shootings took place between the 1400 and 1500 block of Cedar Street.
Two registered Black Angus cows owned by Eudora resident Randy Gordon were also killed during the incident and three of Gorden's cows were wounded. The cows were valued at $4,500. Those shootings took place in the 1400 block of Fir.
The 14-year-old youth was ordered to pay restitution to the owners for all cattle that died or were injured and their respective veterinarian bills.
A 13-year-old Eudora male as also accused of misdemeanor cruelty to animals. The outcome of his remaining hearings has been closed to the public.
Deputy district attorney Shelly Diehl said by pleading no contest, the 14-year-old youth agreed not to fight the accusations. Diehl also said by pleading no contest, the felony will remain on his permanent record and he will be labeled as a juvenile offender.
A sentencing hearing will be held Feb. 2. Diehl said possible sentences could be probation or Intensive Supervision Probation (ISP). ISP is more intensive than regular probation, Diehl said.
"It's a great deal of structure tailored to his specific needs," she said.