Ryan Winchell is looking to change probation

LIHUE — A man accused of killing a goat in 2011 is looking to change his probation.

Ryan Winchell appeared before Judge Kathleen Watanabe on theft of livestock, cruelty to animals and keep unloaded firearms charges after police say he and his co-defendant, Russell Ho‘omanawanui, beheaded a pregnant goat, named Kaitlyn, that belonged to Kunana Dairy.

Winchell was sentenced in 2013 to serve five years of probation.

On Wednesday, Winchell was set to have a hearing on the status of a motion to revoke or modify his probation. His attorney, Mark Zenger, asked for a continuance.

“I’ve been in talks about this case for the last three or four days now with Ms. Grinpas (deputy prosecuting attorney). I gave her some information, and we’re in the middle of working this out,” he said.

Grinpas did not object to the continuance.

“I’d like more time to speak with probation about the information I received,” she said.

According to reports, after beheading Kaitlyn, the men took all the edible parts, including the head, leaving behind the guts and unborn kids.

KPD said the two men stole a three-year-old goat, four months into pregnancy, from a pasture in Moloaa sometime between April 27 and 29, 2011.

The men allegedly climbed over a fence to gain access to the private property where the goats were kept, according to police.

Winchell, who was 29 at the time, was arrested on first-degree criminal property damage, second-degree theft, theft of livestock, place to keep firearm and storage of firearm. His bail was set at $8,100.

The theft, property damage and storage of firearms charges were dismissed on Aug. 1, 2013.

He will be back in court on Aug. 16.


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