The Honrable Judge Carlton, Senior Judge, Ft. Myers, Fl Complaint - What is this judge thinking of?? And we pay him for this??
FT. MYERS, INDIANA -- He may be ordered to go work at the animal shelter every weekend—that may be it."
—Judge Carlton, on his upcoming sentencing of Scott Herrin
When Scott Herrin, his wife, Leeah Shepherdson, and friend Bobbie Condon photographed their gruesome crime in February 2001, they didn’t expect the Walgreen’s photo lab to alert authorities. Herrin—annoyed by the cat’s meowing and according to his own testimony—cut her throat and "mangled" her with a steak knife while a fourth party took photographs. During her interview with authorities, Shepherdson claimed that the cat was frantically struggling or, in her words, "thrashing around" during the attack and that Herrin reached for the steak knife only when a machete proved to be too dull to kill the cat. Photographs depict not only the attack but the butchered carcass suspended from a shower rail, with a blood-spattered Shepherdson and Condon "mugging" for the camera. The cat’s body was allegedly thrown into a community swimming pool.
Judge Carlton—agreeing with the defense attorney’s contention that it could not be shown that the cat had been cruelly killed—threw out felony charges filed by prosecutors, and Herrin, Shepherdson, and Condon were allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse.
Sentencing for Scott Herrin and Leeah Shepherdson is tentatively scheduled for late April, and Judge Carlton has already demonstrated his soft stance on animal abuse by downgrading their charges and by suggesting that Herrin should pay his debt to society by working in an animal shelter.
Please send polite* letters to the judge, urging him to hand down the maximum sentence possible, including a thorough psychological evaluation, for the sake of the animals and the community at large (see HelpingAnimals.com). Urge him also to prohibit the aforementioned individuals from owning or harboring animals, and remind him that sentencing an animal abuser to work in an animal shelter is equivalent to putting a child abuser in a day-care center.
The Honorable Judge Carlton, Senior Judge
Senior Judges’ Office
Lee County Justice Center Complex
1700 Monroe St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
E-Mail: Missi2299@ca.cjis20.org (Judge Carlton’s assistant)
*Please refrain from sending angry or verbally abusive letters are counterproductive!!