Ex Maine officers convicted of killing porcupines with batons while on duty
Two former Maine police officers received heavy sentences for beating porcupines to death with their batons while on duty.
Michael Rolerson, 31, was sentenced Thursday to 270 days in prison, with the exception of 20 days probation, a $ 1,000 fine, and community service, according to the Bangor Daily News.
Addison Cox, 28, was beaten 90 days in prison, all but 10 suspended, fined $ 1,000 and given a six-month suspended sentence, the outlet said.
The police pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and night hunting. According to the report, they were released from the Rockland Police Department last year.
A judge handed Rolerson a harsher sentence for being a senior officer and killing more porcupines, the article says.
According to reports, Cox told police that he looked up to Rolerson and wanted to emulate his behavior.