Kody McCallister Richardson is charged with killing or torturing an animal after being arrested this past weekend and arraigned Monday for his role in the shooting death of a cow. Police still searching for his accomplice, Jared Kaltenbach.

Editor's note: Another in a series of people, places and events that made headlines in northern Michigan in 2010.

In September, Bob Boeve asked a district court judge to withhold additional jail time for two teens who admitted to shooting one of his cows with an arrow.

Garfield Township farmer Boeve didn't think they belonged in jail. There needed to be a positive outcome from all of this, he thought, and keeping them behind bars wouldn't be it.

So he asked 86th District Judge Michael Haley to consider a more lenient sentence for Jared Kaltenbach and Kody Richardson, both of whom pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted killing or torturing an animal.

Haley agreed, and sentenced each to two years of probation and 180 days in jail for the July crime, with the possibility that both could serve time in a jail-release program known as community corrections.

It was the right choice, said Boeve, who since has given Kaltenbach, 18, work on his farm repairing fences and doing other odd jobs.

"We've done it several times and gotten to be friends, and he seems like he's trying to get his life in the right direction," Boeve said. "It's up to the choices he makes. It's not going to be up to me. But if I can help him, I'll help him."

He plans to help Kaltenbach get his driver's license and act as a reference for his job applications.

Paul Jarboe, Kaltenbach's attorney through sentencing, said he was impressed with Boeve's request to turn the outcome into a learning experience, instead of a punishment.

"I'm very pleased to hear that that's how it turned out," Jarboe said.

Richardson, 17, remains in the Grand Traverse County Jail. He was eligible for a release program, but his attorney said he did not have a place to go in lieu of jail.

Transition homes and house arrest are possibilities for release, but the former requires residents to be at least 18 years old, said Sherise Shively, a community corrections officer.

If a secure location can't be found for the duration of the sentence, an inmate serves the time in jail, Shively said.

In addition, she said, there are multiple release programs other than community corrections, including programs for substance abuse, mental health and anger management. She would not say in which program Kaltenbach participates.

Boeve said he split a $5,000 reward evenly among three tipsters, whom he determined from police reports. Some of them were people who reported hearing the teens talk about the cow.

He keeps a closer eye on his cattle now and hasn't had any other incidents.

"When it happened, I was kind of angry and I wanted to see justice," Boeve said.

But then he recalled his own days as a teen. Ultimately, he said, "the lives of the boys were far more important than the life of the cow."

Follow our Newsmakers 2010 series online. Stories will be posted as they're published at record-eagle.com/newsmakers.

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