ESSEX— A 23-year-old Westbrook man has been sentenced to six months in jail on charges related to the December 2011 stabbings of four alpacas at the Applesauce Acres farm on Bushy hill Road in the Ivoryton section. Kyle Roscetti received the sentence Thursday at Middletown Superior Court.
Roscetti had pled guilty to a charge of cruelty to animals and violation of probation. Middlesex superior Court Judge David Gold sentenced Roscetti to one year in prison, suspended after six months served, and two years of probation. He will also be required to make restitution to the owners of the alpacas and undergo a mental health evaluation. The judge agreed to delay the start of the sentence for a medical treatment, with Roscetti required to report to the Department of Corrections on Sept. 13.
The alpaca killings that were discovered on Dec. 23, 2011 shocked area animal lovers. A state police investigation in April 2012 resulted in the arrest of Roscetti and Shawn Malcarne, 25, of Deep River. Malcarne was granted accelerated rehabilitation in court last year, receiving two years probation with a requirement that he complete 100 hours of community service.