By ERIC FRANCIS
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – A West Windsor man has admitted to attacking a family’s two pet goats with a large knife last fall as part of a plot meant to intimidate a state game warden.
Daniel Parry, 21, of West Windsor, apologized to Warden Steve Majeski and to the warden’s family in court on Thursday and then was taken out to immediately begin serving his first 30 days behind bars of what is an overall 3-to-43 month sentence that will also include months of house arrest and intensive drug abuse treatment, before he is placed on several years of probation.
Parry blamed his actions, which left one small goat dead and forced the other to undergo a lengthy recovery before its slashed throat was healed, on the fact that he had been addicted to oxycontin pain killers since he was a high school student and he was willing to do just about anything for money to buy the drugs.
Prosecutors have charged Nick Ashline, 33, of Hartland with paying Parry to carry out the attack in an alleged effort to scare Warden Majeski off his case. Majeski has repeatedly investigated Ashline in recent years in connection with a string of unsolved deer jacking incidents around Hartland, and Ashline is now awaiting trial in connection with the goat attacks after having pleaded innocent to several felony counts of attempting to intimidate a public official and obstructing justice.
As part of the plea deal struck on Thursday, Parry agreed to testify truthfully while assisting the prosecution as a witness in their upcoming case against Ashline. The Majeskis said Thursday that the Halloween-time attack terrified their children and briefly caused the family to move out of their home while the state police investigated the incident.
See more on this story in next week’s Standard.
By ERIC FRANCIS