CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a horse named Legend on a Chesterfield County farm. Steven Dunn was charged with maiming/killing livestock and four counts of grand larceny.
“He walked up through my pasture to my horse barn and shot one of my horses,” Legend’s owner Henry Gleghorn said the day after the June 30, 2013 shooting. “Pretty much walked right up to him and assassinated him.”
Dunn will be sentenced July 31.
His arrest came one day after Chesterfield Police publicly named him as the suspect in the shooting. Chesterfield Police Lt. Steven Grohowski said the arrest of a group of 20-year olds accused in a series of Chesterfield break-ins and the recovery of a stolen gun during that investigation led them to Dunn.
“There were a number of pieces to this puzzle. It’s just absolutely great detective work. Great work on the part of our citizens through Crimesolvers,” Grohowski said.
Last fall Gleghorn said he was not pleased to learn Dunn was free on bond.
“I’d like to see him get some time,” he said. “I can’t bring my horse back, but he [Dunn] has got to learn that there are rules and regulations for life. You just don’t go around killing other people’s animals.”
Gleghorn gave Legend to his son eight years ago as a birthday present.