Waukazoo Woods Mr. Gobbles Gets Justice, Sort of
Probation was given to a couple of Holland, Michigan, teenagers for killing a turkey known to Park Township's Waukazoo Woods neighborhood as Mr. Gobbles. Some say probation was not enough.
18-year-olds Megan DeMeester and Thomas Sinclair pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of a turkey in a Holland District Court Tuesday.
DeMeester said in court, "There has not been a day that's gone by where I haven't regretted these actions. I just want a chance to be given a second chance to show that's not who I am or who I want to be."
DeMeester and Sinclair were both given a year of probation, 125 hours of community service, pay $2000 in fines and court costs but if they get through the year and everything is completed, the charges will be cleared from their records.
Folks who live in the Waukazoo Woods neighborhood felt the punishment was not enough.
There were several people who attended the court case wearing t-shirts with a picture of Mr. Gobbles on the front. One of the area residents, Lynn Truhn said, "Waukazoo is all about animals, we take care of our animals, and we don't kill them."
Sinclair stated in court that, "I'm sorry that I have caused great pain to those I love, and I take full responsibility for my part in killing the turkey. Moving forward, I believe I will make better choices and learn from my mistakes."