Tuesday, April 3, 2007


Ostrich killer released after 5 months from jail

‘A Half Moon Bay man who shot an ostrich to death after the flightless bird pummeled him and his friend when they trespassed on a coastal ranch was ordered released today after serving five months in jail for animal abuse.

Jonathon Porter, 20 — who prosecutors say killed for revenge after the bird humiliated him in front of women he was trying to impress — was sentenced today by Judge John Grandsaert effectively to time served. [..]

McKevitt was kicked in the ribs and knocked to the ground, according to a police report. Porter suffered scrapes and bruises when the ostrich kicked him, the report said.

“And at that point, the crucial thing happened,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. “Apparently the girls started laughing.”

Porter and McKevitt drove away with the women, then allegedly armed themselves with a rifle and shotgun.’

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