2 charged in Mich. dead animal case get jail time

Dean Carpenter, Marilyn Laffoon also get year of probation

Published On: Nov 17 2011 02:54:01 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 17 2011 02:57:36 PM EST
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PETOSKEY, Mich. -

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 been

sentenced to 30 days jail.

The Petoskey News-Review reported Dean Carpenter and Marilyn Laffoon also were sentenced Wednesday to a year each of probation. They earlier pleaded guilty to illegal entry and malicious destruction of property in a deal with prosecutors.

Carpenter says work stress may have been a factor in his actions. Laffoon said she feels "badly" about the damage.

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.