UPDATE: URI Denies Acceptance of Attleboro Teen Accused of Killing Goose

UPDATE:

The University of Rhode Island is refuting a statement made by a lawyer for Shawn Timas, claming that his client has been accepted to URI.

The University of Rhode Island's Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing, Dave Lavallee issued the following statement:

Following a check of enrollment records this afternoon, the University of Rhode Island has determined that Shawn Timas, who has been charged by police in Attleboro with animal cruelty, has not been admitted to the University for enrollment in the fall, and he has never attended URI.

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) – An 18-year-old Attleboro man is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly kicking a goose and then laughing as he and two friends watched it twitch on the ground before dying.

Shawn Timas pleaded not guilty on Monday to animal cruelty, being a disorderly person, giving police a false name and obstruction of justice for the alleged incident on Sunday. He was released on $500 bail at his arraignment Monday.

Police say Timas admitted to kicking the goose, but only in self-defense after the bird bit him. Police say he had no visible marks on his leg.

His lawyer asked that he be released on personal recognizance because he has been accepted to the University of Rhode Island.

The Sun Chronicle reports that his friends, both 15, were not charged.

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