Justice Served in Mustang Killings


For Immediate Release:

Two Plead Guilty to Mustang Killings in Nevada

International Outcry Spurred by Wild Horse Shootings

Reno, NV (June 16, 2010)—The Cloud Foundation has learned that Todd Davis and Joshua Keathley have changed their pleas this morning from not guilty to guilty, waiving their planned trial in the case of shooting five free-roaming horses in northwestern Nevada (about 40 miles southeast of Cedarville, California). The pleas were made in Federal Court in Reno before US Magistrate Judge Robert McQuaid.

“We feel justice has been served at this point,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sue Fahami told The Associated Press. She added that she and U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden combined received a total of approximately 24,000 e-mails and letters from around the world.

When asked to describe the morning the shootings took place, Keathley explained: “we was out early in North Washoe and seen them wild horses and killed a few of them and then we left.” Davis gave a similar account of the events, adding that the two had been drinking and looking for a place to set traps when they spotted a band of eight to ten mustangs. Keathley and Davis are represented by Tom Plimpton (retained) and John Springgate (CJA) respectively.
“We used poor judgment and shot a few of them.” Davis said.
Davis and Keathley will remain free on bail, while their firearms remain in the custody of a county sheriff until sentencing Sept. 14, 2010 at 2 pm.
“Davis and Keathley admitted using public lands as their private shooting gallery, and to gathering their spent shells,” said Terri Farley, author of the Phantom Stallion series of books, and a wild horse advocate, “They knew it was illegal to kill America’s wild horses on public lands, but they didn’t care.”
The maximum sentence for maliciously causing the death and abetting the death and harassment of five wild horses is one year in county jail and a fine of $100,000. There is no possibility of parole.

“We commend Nevada State law enforcement and BLM law enforcement for apprehending these wild horse killers and we applaud the apparent willingness of prosecute to ask for the maximum penalties provided for under the law,” stated Cloud Foundation Director Ginger Kathrens. “The public loves their wild horses. It is an understatement to say we are outraged at this horrible act.”

Fahimi gave a fuller description of the November events, indicated that the two stopped driving when they saw the backs of horses. Keathley, shot first. “A light-colored horse went down,” Fahimi said, and then Keathley handed the AR-15 rifle to Davis. “Davis began shooting at the others”
Five horses lay dying while Keathley picked up 8-10 spent ammunition casings.

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Links of interest:

AP 6/16/10: “Two Nevada men plead guilty to killing wild mustangs” http://bit.ly/cvlCQZ
Accused to stand trial for wild horse shootings in Nevada, 4/21/10 press release http://bit.ly/cn3Hmd

Disappointment Valley… A Modern Day Western Trailer- excellent sample of interviews regarding the issues http://bit.ly/awFbwm

Fact Sheet on Wild Herds & The Salazar Plan http://bit.ly/bfdX1y

CNN Report, Issues with Jane Valez-Mitchell, March 25th http://bit.ly/dvl7NE

Wild Horse and Burro Act http://bit.ly/a7hOeS

Vanity Fair: A Solution to America’s Wild Horse Crisis? June 2010 http://bit.ly/a7Esyd

Wild Horses: Management or Stampede to Extinction? Reno Gazette Special http://bit.ly/stampede2ext

Rolling Stone: The Spill, The Scandal and the President. June 2010 http://bit.ly/d3Bjcm

Ken Salazar’s “candy shop”: Denver Post Guest Commentary, June 2010 http://bit.ly/aNbLz9

‘Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses’ http://bit.ly/9Wvh58

Roundup Schedule- updated May 2010 http://bit.ly/a0xcq7

Informative Blog: American Herds http://americanherds.blogspot.com/

Photos, video and interviews available from:

The Cloud Foundation  ~ makendra@thecloudfoundation.org

The Cloud Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses and burros on our Western public lands with a focus on protecting Cloud’s herd in the Pryor Mountains of Montana.

107 S. 7th St. – Colorado Springs, CO 80905 – 719-633-3842 www.thecloudfoundation.org

Media Contacts:

Makendra Silverman
Tel: 719-351-8187
Anne Novak
Tel: 415-531-8454