Former Maine cop gets jail time for murder of porcupine


Two former Maine policemen were severely sentenced for beating a porcupine to death with sticks in the line of duty.

Michael Rollerson, 31, was sentenced on Thursday to 270 days in prison, all but suspended for 20 days, fined $1,000 and required to perform community service, According to Bangor Daily News.

Addison Cox, 28, was sentenced to 90 days in prison, 10 suspended, fined $1,000 and given six months of probation, the outlet said.

The police accepted the charge of cruelty to animals and hunting at night. Reportedly, he was fired from the Rockland Police Department last year.

The article states that a judge severely punished Rollerson because he was a senior officer and killed more porcupines.

Cox reportedly told police that he watched Rollerson and wanted to emulate his behavior.

Cox and Rollerson reportedly beat porcupines to death with their batons on several occasions.  The Rockland Police Department terminated both men in September.
Cox and Rollerson reportedly beat porcupines to death with their batons on several occasions. The Rockland Police Department terminated both men in September.
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