Another man charged in Gillette cow shooting

By: AP
By: AP

Gillette WY (AP) - Another man is charged in connection with the shooting of a cow and disposing its remains with a stolen backhoe.

The Gillette News Record reports 36-year-old Randy Ayres was charged last month with aggravated burglary, accessory after the fact and wrongful taking or disposing of property.

Ayres is accused of breaking into a home days before the yearling cow was found Sept. 4 and stealing more than a half-dozen firearms.

Court documents say an AR-15 rifle and a .45 caliber handgun from the robbery were used to shoot the cow.

Documents say Ayres told a cellmate in Nebraska jail that Justin Epley shot the cow with the AR-15 about 50 times.

Epley is accused of cutting the cow's hindquarters for meat, then damaging the backhoe after moving the carcass.

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