Man Faces 35 Years for Killing Horse with Truck

Posted at 8:18 AM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 08:18:00-05

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida man faces up to 35 years in prison for ramming his truck into a horse, killing the animal and injuring its rider.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( reports that 22-year-old Christopher Todd of DeLand pleaded no contest Monday to aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, killing a horse and leaving the scene of a crash with injury. No sentencing date was immediately set.

Authorities say Todd got into an argument with several people riding horses at Blue Spring State Park last February. One woman had reportedly told Todd not to speed in his Dodge Ram 1500. Officials say he responded with an expletive, and the woman called him a racial slur.

Authorities say Todd then turned his truck around and drove at the group, hitting one of the horses.