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Talk About Taking a Grudge to the Grave


Talk about taking a grudge to the grave. An elderly man accused of leaving more than a dozen dead animals on an old neighbor’s grave pleaded guilty Monday.


The man, 79-year-old Joseph Stroud, was found out after the granddaughter of his deceased neighbor contacted police in July, after two months of finding the dead creatures on the headstone. News10 reports that the woman told police that her grandfather and Stroud, who had farms next to each other with a shared boundary for several years, “never got along with each other.”


Not only did Stroud place dead animals on the headstone, he attempted to do it incognito by wearing a wig, which was all caught on camera.


Stroud agreed to a plea deal, lowering his charges from a felony to a misdemeanor. By taking the plea, he admits to causing more than $2500 in damages to a former neighbor’s headstone by staining it with the blood of dead animals. He was charged with defacing objects of public respect.


Stroud was given a one-year suspended sentence and will have to pay more than $2,500 in victim restitution. As part of the plea agreement, he also must surrender his driver’s license because of his mental health.

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