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Man convicted of rampage against animals ordered back to prison

TAMPA — Robert Bruce Pettyjohn II spent more than five years in Florida State Prison after prosecutors said he and a friend committed a slew of violent crimes against animals, including killing a llama in East Lake.

A circuit court judge ruled Thursday that Pettyjohn, 27, will return to prison for as long as seven years because he violated his probation, his attorney said.

Pettyjohn refused to take a required drug screening urine test on March 9, said the lawyer, Chip Purcell. Authorities arrested him on July 27 and charged him with violating probation.

In 2001, Pettyjohn, who was 19 at the time, was sentenced to three years in prison for shooting two bulls with a bow and arrow in Hillsborough County. The same year, he pleaded guilty to attacking two llamas with a golf club in East Lake.

The beating gouged the eye of Willie Wonka, a 3-month-old llama, and killed Monopoly, an adult llama, who was also sodomized with the broken shaft of a golf club.

He was sentenced to five years in prison and at least five years of probation in that case.

He was released from prison in 2008 to start community supervision in New Port Richey.

Pettyjohn said at the court hearing that, if the court tested him now, he would pass, his attorney said. Nonetheless, the urine test came back positive for marijuana. Judge Daniel Perry sentenced Pettyjohn to return to prison, according to Purcell.

Purcell said his client has been doing odd jobs since his release to support his family. His wife was present at the hearing.

State records show that Brandon Eldred, who had participated in the llama and bull attacks, was sentenced to three years in prison and released in 2005. His address upon release was in Lakeland.

Man convicted of rampage against animals ordered back to prison 08/26/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 26, 2010 11:07pm]
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