Man charged in goslings' deaths spared jail

August 7, 2008 5:42:15 AM PDT
No jail time for a Monmouth County man who admitted beating three goslings to death with an umbrella in Middletown. A judge suspended a six-month jail sentence after being assured Michael Gonzalez would undergo a year of psychotherapy.

Gonzalez also must pay a $4,100 fine and serve a year on probation.

Authorities said the 30-year-old lured the baby geese away from their parents and into a wooded area, where witnesses said he emerged smiling in May.

The baby geese, which still had downy yellow fur, died of blunt force injuries.

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Information from: Asbury Park Press, http://www.app.com

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