BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — An elderly man accused of leaving more than a dozen dead animals on an old neighbor’s grave pleaded guilty Monday.
Joseph Stroud, 79, agreed to a plea deal, lowering his charges from a felony to a misdemeanor. He is accused of causing more than $2500 in damages to a former neighbor’s headstone by staining it with the blood of dead animals.
Stroud was arrested in August after he was caught on surveillance video dressed in overalls and a woman’s wig placing dead animals on the headstone, police said. He was charged with defacing objects of public respect.
According to a probable cause report filed in the Circuit Court of Benton County, the granddaughter of Fred Allen McKinney contacted police in July after she and her family began finding dead animals on her grandfather’s grave two months prior.
She told police then 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.”
As part of the plea agreement, Stroud must also surrender his driver’s license because of his mental health.
Stroud was given a one-year suspended sentence and will have to pay more than $2,500 in victim restitution.