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Torture of goats nets 4-year term

Man, 20, had drawn a lighter sentence but failed to comply

When Dale Stroud went to check his goats in the morning of Jan. 24, 2013, he found all three had been hacked at and cut up with some kind of large, sharp knife.

Huddled in their pen and weak from loss of blood, the injured goats were later euthanized because of the extent of their injuries. Leading from their pen were footprints headed toward the neighbor’s home.

The neighbor’s home, in the 15000 block of U.S. 24 West, was the Macy residence, where then 19-year-old Tanner A. Macy lived with his family. Brought in for questioning, the teenager’s interview with police was cut short by his attorney.

While police waited for a search warrant that day, a construction worker nearby said they saw a young man sneak into the home from the back, going under the police tape, and coming back out with something tucked inside his shirt, according to court documents.

Inside the house, officers found red-stained jeans and shoes matching the footprints, according to court documents.

On Wednesday, the now 20-year-old Macy was sentenced to a total of four years in the Indiana Department of Correction on three charges of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal and one count of obstruction of justice.

While Macy was originally charged with the case in January 2013, he was placed in Allen Superior Court’s Drug Court program, with the outcome and sentencing stayed for about 18 months.

But in July, Macy failed to appear for his regular Drug Court hearing, and Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull ordered a warrant for his arrest.

Having failed the Drug Court program, Macy appeared before the court Wednesday for sentencing. Gull found the nature of the crimes he committed to be particularly heinous.

In addition to the one year behind bars on each count, to be served one after another, Macy must spend two years on probation and pay $1,034 in restitution to Stroud.

He must also submit to a mental health evaluation and any treatment that is recommended, according to court documents.

On Macy’s Facebook page, he took credit for his expulsion from Howe Military Academy, meted out after he urinated on his commanding officer’s desk.