An Arkansas farmer, 79, has been given a one-year suspended sentence after being caught on digital camera dumping bloody animal corpses on his neighbor’s grave whereas wearing a lady’s wig, coat and sun shades.
Joseph Stroud pleaded responsible Monday to a misdemeanor for repeatedly inserting useless animals on Fred McKinney’s headstone within the Pea Ridge Cemetery, Bentonville.
Stroud was first arrested again in August when he was noticed on surveillance digital camera sneaking into the cemetery in a gray wig, darkish sun shades and teal and white girls’s windbreaker jacket and leaving animals together with useless possums on the grave.
McKinney lived on a neighboring farm to Stroud till his dying aged 94 in August 2015 and, in response to McKinney’s granddaughter, the 2 males ‘by no means received together with one another.’
Stroud, who has been identified with vascular dementia, instructed the courtroom he left the animal carcasses on the headstone as a tribute as a result of McKinney ‘loved animals.’
An Arkansas farmer, 79, has been given a one-year suspended sentence after being caught on digital camera dumping bloody animal corpses on his neighbor’s grave whereas wearing a lady’s wig, coat and sun shades. Pictured Joseph Stroud (left and in his disguise proper)
Joseph Stroud pleaded responsible Monday to 1 misdemeanor cost of defacing objects of public respect, for repeatedly inserting useless animals on Fred McKinney’s headstone within the Pea Ridge Cemetery, Bentonville. Pictured an animal carcass left on the grave
The 79-year-old was initially slapped with a extra serous felony cost of defacing objects of public respect however agreed to the lesser cost in a plea deal.
He was given a one-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay $2,529 to the sufferer’s household inside 30 days.
He was additionally ordered handy over his driver’s license due to his dementia prognosis.
Stroud confessed to leaving the useless animals on McKinney’s headstone between Might 31 and July 31 2020.
He claimed he left the animals on his previous neighbor’s behalf as a result of he thought there was extra ‘magnificence’ within the carcasses than in ‘flowers and stuff’.
‘I performed it for his behalf to point out him the animals have been nonetheless right here and every little thing like that,’ he instructed Benton County Circuit Choose Robin Inexperienced, in response to Arkansas Online.
‘He simply loved animals and that there was extra of a … a magnificence than flowers and stuff.’
He additionally claimed he disguised himself whereas leaving the animals to ‘agitate’ and ‘upset’ the individuals he stated have been ‘following me round.’
‘It was to agitate the individuals taking a look at me and following me round. I performed it to upset them as a result of my automobile was there and my license tag was there, they usually knew it was me,’ he instructed the courtroom.
McKinney (pictured) lived on a neighboring farm to Stroud till his dying aged 94 in August 2015 and, in response to McKinney’s granddaughter, the 2 males ‘by no means received together with one another’
‘I performed it simply to agitate them as a result of I knew they have been checking on me and stuff.’
Stroud’s lawyer Alison Lee argued he has dementia and is looking for follow-up therapy with medical professionals.
Lee additionally stated Stroud understood what he had performed was fallacious and wished to compensate the sufferer’d household to allow them to substitute the gravestone.
Prosecutors stated Stroud had precipitated round $2,500 price of harm to the headstone as a result of the blood of one of many animals had completely stained it.
‘They must substitute the gravestone due to the blood and guts. It is completely stained,’ stated deputy prosecutor Tyler Hawkins.
Hawkins stated McKinney’s household was in favor of the plea deal and stated the deal was being supplied as a result of Stroud’s judgment might have been impaired by his dementia prognosis.
Stroud’s spouse can also be buried on the similar cemetery.
The decide dominated that he can solely go to her grave if he’s accompanied by considered one of his members of the family.
The saga unfolded final 12 months when McKinney’s granddaughter Shannon Nobles began discovering useless animals on his grave again in Might.
Stroud was first arrested again in August (pictured in his mug) when he was noticed on surveillance digital camera sneaking into the cemetery in a gray wig, darkish sun shades and teal and white girls’s windbreaker jacket and leaving animals together with useless possums on the grave
They initially assumed the animals had simply died from poisoning after consuming faux flowers left within the cemetery and eliminated the flowers.
When the useless animals continued showing, McKinney’s household arrange a surveillance digital camera to catch the perpetrator within the act.
The digital camera captured Stroud wearing a teal and white lady’s jacket, darkish sun shades and a gray lady’s wig carrying a useless animal in his hand after which leaving it on the headstone earlier than strolling again to his grey Dodge Journey, the affidavit states.
Nobles stated she additionally noticed Stroud driving away from the cemetery whereas she was jogging, it states.
When she went over to her grandfather’s grave she discovered a useless possum and eight stay child possums inside one of many flower vases.
She instructed cops her grandfather and Stroud had by no means gotten on and had been concerned in a lawsuit with each other.
It isn’t clear what the go well with was about however Nobles stated she believes Stroud misplaced.
Stroud was arrested on August 10 and charged with defacing objects of public respect.
Police discovered a shower towel with blood stains within the backseat of his grey Dodge Journey.
Prosecutors have been additionally trying to file animal cruelty expenses in opposition to Stroud over the infant possums, however didn’t have sufficient proof, reported Arkansas On-line.