2 charged in dead animal case take plea deal - WNEM TV 5

2 charged in dead animal case take plea deal

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) - Two neighbors accused of scattering dead raccoons and dying squirrels throughout a $375,000 foreclosed, bank-owned home in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula have taken a plea deal in the case.

The Petoskey News-Review reports Dean Carpenter and Marilyn Laffoon on Wednesday pleaded guilty in a Petoskey courtroom to illegal entry and malicious destruction of property.

Laffoon told the court it was a "stupid thing to do." Carpenter called it "a silly prank."

Court records show the two told police the critters were left in the house in Harbor Springs, about 55 miles northeast of Traverse City, as a joke earlier this year. At one point, the house was found to be infested with crickets.

The house is located between Laffoon's home and a business run by Carpenter.

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