Bradley Buckelew, a 19-year-old Oneonta man, is the second person arrested in the February shooting of two zebras on a Rosa farm, and District Attorney Pamela Casey says authorities expect additional future arrests.
Buckelew was arrested in Park County, Colo., on Sept. 4 and waived extradition back to Blount County. He arrived on Sept. 20.
A Blount County Grand Jury indicted the teen on two counts of aggravated animal cruelty and two counts of firstdegree criminal mischief. Both charges are felonies and could carry a sentence ranging from one year to 10 years. Considering Buckelew’s age, he could file for youthful offender which would only allow him to receive a maximum of three years.
Bill Barnett, who is serving as Buckelew’s attorney, gave no comment when asked if his client would file for youthful offender status or not.
“We are looking for the opportunity to defend ourselves,” he said.“Right now, the plea is not guilty, if that tells you anything.”
Buckelew was released from the Blount County Jail on Sept. 20 after posting a $20,000 bond.
His arraignment is set for Dec. 1.
In May, Timothy Wayne “Boogie” House Jr., was arrested for the same charges as Buckelew. He was released from the Blount County Jail after posting a $40,000 bond. His pretrial is set for Nov. 1.