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Sentencing for Man Accused of Killing 30,000 Chickens

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SALISBURY, Md.- The Delmar man whose actions allegedly led to the death of over 30,000 chickens last August appeared in Wicomico County court on Thursday to face his charges.  Twenty-one-year-old Joshua Shelton faced one count each of fourth-degree burglary, animal cruelty and malicious destruction of property over $500. However, he was only found guilty of fourth-degree burglary.

It was last August when Shelton was discovered in the generator shed on Mark Shockley's farm in Delmar.  Shockley discovered Shelton passed out in the shed in his underwear.  He also found the power switches to his chicken houses turned off and over 30,000 chickens dead.  Shelton testified in court Thursday that he had been on the farm drinking with a friend and Shockley's daughter.

The fourth-degree burglary charge will land Shelton in jail for 60 days and also carry 36 months of probation and he also owes Shockley over $5,000 in restitution.

"There was no desire to get more than what was asked for.  Mr. Shockley spoke very eloquently about the pain this caused his family.  I believe the restitution is in line with what is owed as a direct result of this case," said Wicomico County Assistant State's Attorney Andrew Illuminati,

During his probation, Shelton will have to undergo drug and alcohol counseling.  During the trial, the defense tried to prove there was no evidence of how Shelton ended up in the generator room but the jury saw things differently.

"Breaking and entering the dwelling of somebody else and I guess the jury believed he was in that building without the permission of the Shockley's," said Rene Tywang, Shelton's attorney.

Shelton also had two other charges dropped against him: trespassing and malicious destruction of property valued under $500.

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