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Brackett Sentenced in Bunny Killings
By: Staff Reports On: 05:21PM / Friday September 10, 2010
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Wayne Brackett walks the track on Noel Field during Relay for Life in 2010 in this iBerkshires file photo.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Bunny killer Wayne P. Brackett was sentenced to four years in jail Friday morning after pleading guilty to numerous charges in Northern Berkshire District Court.
 
The 23-year-old North Adams man was caught on video June 9 committing mayhem on pet rabbits housed at Berkshire County Construction on Ashland Street after failing to gain entrance into several vehicles on the property. He admitted to killing five rabbits and breaking and entering.

He pleaded guilty to five counts each of animal cruelty and killing an animal, and single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and wanton destruction of property worth more than $250.

Judge Michael Ripps ordered Brackett to serve concurrent two-year sentences in the Berkshire County House of Correction on the cruelty to animal charges and two-year concurrent sentences to be served on and after the first sentence on the breaking and entering and destruction charges.

He also was placed on two years' probation on the charges of killing an animal on the condition he have no contact with the victims, undergo drug and alcohol screening and perform 100 hours of community service work during the probationary period.  

The investigation was conducted by members of the North Adams Police Department and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.



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