Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up


    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  2. Tampa Bay Times honored for top investigative story in Gerald Loeb annual business awards


    The Tampa Bay Times was a co-winner in the investigative category for one of the highest honors in business journalism.

    Tampa Bay Times current and former staff writers William R. Levesque, Nathaniel Lash and Anthony Cormier were honored in the investigative category for their coverage of "Allegiant Air" in the 60th Anniversary Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. 


  3. Pasco woman gives birth to child fathered by 11 year old, deputies say


    A Port Richey woman was arrested Tuesday, nearly three years after deputies say she gave birth to a child fathered by an 11-year-old boy.

    Marissa Mowry, 25, was arrested Tuesday on charges she sexually assaulted an 11-year-old and gave birth to his child. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399
  5. St. Petersburg showdown: Kriseman faces Baker for first time tonight at the Rev. Louis Murphy Sr.'s church

    Local Government

    A standing-room-only crowd packed a Midtown church banquet hall Tuesday to witness the first face-off between Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker in what is a watershed mayoral contest in the city's history.

    Former Mayor Rick Baker, left, is challenging incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, to become St. Petersburg mayor.