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Man Who Struck and Killed Geese Pleads No Contest

A 69-year-old St. Clair Shores resident plead no contest Friday a charge of animal cruelty for striking and killing two geese.

A 69-year-old St. Clair Shores man who plead no contest to a charge of animal cruelty was admonished Friday by 40th District Court Judge Mark Fratarcangeli before sentencing.

Richard E. Lesko was originally charged with two counts of killing an animal for driving his pickup Aug. 9 into a flock of geese crossing the road in front of his home in the 22000 block of Lange Street.

He then reportedly turned his truck around and drove through the flock a second time, killing a second goose.

"This is a particularly troublesome case because of your apparent disregard and respect for life," Fratarcangeli said. "I wouldn’t want you living next to my kids. I wouldn’t want you in my neighborhood if you could be this insensitive."

Lesko plead no contest to an added count of animal cruelty and the two previous charges were dismissed. Fratarcangeli sentenced him to one year of probation, 60 hours of community service and a psychiatric exam.

"He's got a very clean record," defense attorney John Frazer said. "I think we won't be seeing him back here again."

The lifelong St. Clair Shores resident shared his remorse for the incident.

"I am certainly regretful for what happened," Lesko said. He added that he is "getting older and slower."

He also was assessed $1,400 in fines and costs and is to seek a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation.

St. Clair Shores Police Detective Margaret Eidt, who received a number of calls about the case by concerned residents, was disappointed at the outcome.

"I am absolutely sickened at the fact the charges were reduced," she said.

Tina Hedge November 03, 2012 at 03:10 AM
thank god he's getting slower, maybe animals have a change of surviving! jerk!
elizabeth nicosia November 03, 2012 at 02:29 PM
If the courts continue to lessen the consequences on cruelty to animal charges they will continue to see them.
Soudian November 04, 2012 at 11:10 AM
The geese are not native to Michigan and have become a problem for people with water area properties. Perhaps the DNR could come up with a solution. So that we will stop spending money charging people with this type of incident.
Lance Manion December 02, 2012 at 05:51 AM
I live on Lake Burton in North Ga and have tried everything. The only thing that worked at keeping the geese off my property was a product made by Edgewater Fencing. It was very inexpensive, humane and super easy to install. The people were also great to deal with and we got rid of our nuisance geese!! Their website is http://www.edgewaterfencing.com

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