Two Camp Lejeune Marines are facing charges for the death of a horse

Joel Anthony Montano (Courtesy: Onslow County Sheriff's Office)
Joel Anthony Montano (Courtesy: Onslow County Sheriff's Office)
Micah Earl Joslyn (Courtesy: Onslow County Sheriff's Office)
Micah Earl Joslyn (Courtesy: Onslow County Sheriff's Office)

Posted by Debra Worley - email

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WECT) - Two Camp Lejeune Marines are facing charges in connection with the shooting death of a thoroughbred horse in November.

According to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Cpl. Joel Anthony Montano and 20-year-old Pfc. Micah Earl Joslyn are charged with cruelty to animals, conspiracy and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

The men are accused of killing a Hanoverian with a .22-caliber rifle.  2nd Marine Division spokesman 1st Lt. Philip Klay said Joslyn and Montano are scout snipers with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment.

Elizabeth Kachmor, the horse's owner, said the animal became suddenly ill but did not respond to treatment.

The horse was taken to the North Carolina State Veterinarian Hospital in Raleigh where they found a bullet lodged in the horse's liver.  The animal had to be euthanized.

The Magistrate has released the two marines charged to their Military Command.