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Man accused of killing, mutilating llama pleads guilty

Mighty was found stabbed and mutilated in January.
Mighty was found stabbed and mutilated in January.

A man accused of killing and mutilating a llama in January at a farm in Monroe has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

Alexander Samuel Clark, 21, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the felony charge. He avoided prison time but was required to pay nearly $2,500 in fines and court costs, according to court records. Two other men were charged at the same time. Cody Bray is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. James Robert Lee will appear on Thursday.

Authorities say the trio trespassed onto Borderline Farms, a llama and alpaca farm on South Rocky River Road in Monroe. “They had been drinking, and they just basically wanted to see what it would be like to kill an animal, to kill a llama,” Union County Sheriff’s Capt. J.C. Luke told the Observer.

Tammy Limer, president of Borderline Farms, said her six llamas protected her 60 alpacas.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Adam Bell