Colbert man sentenced to time served for killing horse, domestic violence

Colbert man sentenced to time served for killing horse, domestic violence
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Clinton Burrill was charged with animal cruelty after a horse was found dead on his property. 

A Colbert man found guilty of abusing and killing a horse, then sending part of its tail to his ex-girlfriend was sentenced to time served on Monday.

Clinton Burrill spent 53 days in jail after he was arrested for animal cruelty and domestic violence in May 2018. Law enforcement found a dead horse on his property. The horse was found with an ankle tied to a fence and a rope around its neck. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said the ground had been trampled heavily, like the horse had been struggling.

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Burrill’s ex-girlfriend told authorities he had threatened to kill one of his horses if she did not get back together with him. The day after Burrill was taken into custody, the ex-girlfriend said she found what looked to be a hankerchief and portions of the horse’s tail in a bag on her porch.

On Monday, a judge handed Burrill a five-year no-contact order with his ex-girlfriend and banned him from owning horses in the future.

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