Maine cops get jail time for killing porcupines

Maine cops get jail time for killing porcupines

By Jesse O’Neill

Two former Maine cops were sentenced to hard time for beating porcupines to death with their batons while on duty.

Michael Rolerson, 31, was sentenced Thursday to 270 days in jail, with all but 20 days suspended, fined $1,000 and required to do community service, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Addison Cox, 28, was hit with 90 days in jail, with all but 10 suspended, fined $1,000 and given six months of probation, the outlet said.

The cops pleaded guilty to charges of cruelty to animals and night hunting. They were fired last year from the Rockland Police Department, according to the report.

A judge handed down a stiffer sentence to Rolerson because he was a senior officer and killed more porcupines, the article said.

Cox reportedly told police that he looked up to Rolerson and wanted to emulate his behavior.

Cox and Rolerson allegedly beat porcupines to death with their batons on multiple occasions. The Rockland Police Department terminated both men in September.

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