Addison Cox and Michael Rolerson both pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of night hunting and one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty, Irving said.
Cox received a 90-day sentence, with all but 10 days suspended for the animal cruelty charge, and seven days for the night hunting charge, which will be served concurrently. Cox will also have to pay a fine, complete community service and receive treatment for PTSD, Irving said.
Rolerson was sentenced to 270 days in jail, with all but 20 days suspended, and seven days for the night hunting charge, which will also be served concurrently. He will also pay a fine, perform community service and undergo treatment for PTSD, according to Irving.
CNN has reached out to Cox and Rolerson’s attorneys but has not yet received a response.
The animal cruelty charges against Cox and Rolerson were dropped to misdemeanors because the men appear to be suffering from PTSD, according to Irving. Both Cox and Rolerson are combat veterans.
“Our belief from the investigation is they seem to be having PTSD symptoms,” she said. “We want these guys to get the treatment they need.”
Both men “took responsibility” for their actions, Irving added. After their release, the goal is to get them the treatment they need so “they don’t act cruelly to any animals ever in their lifetime.”
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