Nicholas Foti and two pals accused of killing a raccoon with a baseball bat and machete

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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There's a reason raccoons wear masks. They're natural bandits. But there's a better way of dealing with such a rapscallion than beating him to death with a bat and then skewering him with a machete -- which is precisely what three students, including Nicholas Foti (whose Facebook page features some graphic hunting photos), are accused of doing.

The only photo album on the Facebook page belonging to Foti, a CU-Boulder sophomore, pertains to hunting, with two of the pics featuring a kill. Here they are:

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Another kind of hunt took place on November 7 on the 1000 block of 11th Street in Boulder. On that date, three nineteen-year-olds the Boulder Police Department has ID'd as Foti, fellow CU student August Noble and Lucas Holton, who attends reportedly attends Front Range Community College, were seen by witnesses killing a raccoon using a baseball bat and a machete.

According to the BPD, Foti said the raccoon was targeted because it had been getting into their trash cans. He told cops he hit the animal harder than he intended, at which point he and his compatriots decided to put it down.

Whether this last action was merciful, or even necessary, is open to debate. The police note that a necropsy on the raccoon performed by a Colorado State University vet determined that it had died of blunt-force trauma, presumably rendering additional stabbing unnecessary.

Foti, Noble and Holton were arrested and taken to jail on Wednesday for investigation of felony animal cruelty -- leaving their trash at least temporarily unguarded. Other raccoons, take note.

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tearcollector
tearcollector

This is overkill.What was hard about getting a trap and relocating it?Guess that's not as fun than to mercilessly and cruelly torture an animal for being hungry.This was barbaric.

Muddyjacob
Muddyjacob

Kill the coons! No reason for these people to be in our neighborhood. Back in my day coons had there own garbage dumps and we had ours. There's, full of dead babies and canned goods. Ours full of cracker jack, oreos, and birth control boxes.

Unamerican
Unamerican

I killed a fly this morning.  Am I a "murderer" too?

Unamerican
Unamerican

I deprived a gnat of it's constitutional right to be a pest by torturing it with a hot needle and lighter.  I'm a serial murderer.

LaughingInYourFace
LaughingInYourFace

I don't know if you could say you're a serial murderer (by the way, it's killer, not murderer), but you certainly are in the running for number one idiot.

Guest
Guest

The two are not even compatible. You're not a serial murderer, your an idiot.

AmericanAndEducated
AmericanAndEducated

Unamerican? Yes, yes you are. Uneducated? Yes, again, you are. Flaming someone certainly isn't going to make you right, but it's so cute how many people try and fail with that very same tactic. It's like watching a toddler learn to walk. Are you learning to speak? Adorable.

Jrmelon91
Jrmelon91

"You probably feel...", "You probably think..."- is this how you argue in real life?

"You should be taken out and dealt with humanely, too, then." - You actually think that they should be killed because they don't think beating an animal to death for no reason is okay?"Only an idiot would place a f'ing raccoon on a pedestal and scream for human rights."- Who said anything about human rights?

 Finally, read your comment again, count all the spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes, then get back to 'Guest' with your revised judgement on who the ignorant one  is (*hint*- it's you, douchebag).

Unamerican
Unamerican

So two forms or life are incomparable?

So you get to decide what forms of life are "important" and "not important"?

So tell me, what makes a coon more important than an insect?

I'll bet you feel that foreign children are not as important as cats.

You probably feel that dropping a bomb on a school is not as bad as stomping a rat to death.

Hell, you probably think that it's ok to kill raccoons as long as it's done "humanely".

You should be taken out and dealth with humanely too then.

Afterall, if it's done humanely, even killing a human errr coon is ok.

It would be the right thing to do.

Only an idiot would place a f'ing racoon on a pedestal and scream for human rights.

You ignorant f'ing scumbag.

guest
guest

Is using an old-fashioned mouse trap worthy of said felony animal cruelty?

Guest
Guest

No... but beating an animal till its head is caved with a Louisville Slugger, hockey stick, then finishing it off with a machete is considered a felony for aggravated animal cruelty. Also, do you watch the mouse trap go off? Do you get all your friends together so they can see it happen? Do you get enjoyment from that mouse being dead, besides knowing that it will no longer be in your home? Do you make enough noise from your excitement of killing this mouse to get attention from people nearby? Not to mention, this raccoon was not in their home, but in their back yard "going through their trash" that they were too lazy to bring out to the dumpster.

RedNeck
RedNeck

According to Colorado's Department of Wildlife's WEB site, coon season opened this year on 11/1/11 and we are allowed to hunt them statewide:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hu...

Citizen
Citizen

Yes, coon season is open but a machete and ballbat are not legal to use to kill small game in colorado.  On page 9 of the colorado small games brochure it says legal methods for taking small game like raccoon include rifles or handguns, shotguns, bows and crossbows, pellet guns and slingshots, or hawking.  It is also illegal to kill a fur bearing animal within 500 yards of a dwelling.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hu...

GetReal
GetReal

How many times to I get to shoot the animal before I am required to fire a fatal shot? 

RedNeck
RedNeck

So, this coon would have suffered less if the incident happened out of city limits and the killers where using a slingshot or pellet gun?

guest
guest

I know Lucas Holton, i went to high school with him and he isnt a creep or a murderer he made one bad desicion is it disgusting yes, is it a crime yes, should they be punished yes, should it be a felony hell no. 

GetReal
GetReal

And 5 years from now, when this has long since blown over, these guys will still be convicted felons.  Great idea!  Let's ruin the lives of these guys over an animal.

Once convicted, they might as well quit collagen and start looking for work as a janitor...that's the best they will get as convicted felons...over a fucking coon?  Really??

Jan
Jan

This coom has the great luck of not having died in vain as the DA of the great city of Boulder Colorado will apply the full force of the state's felony animal cruelty law at these creeps.

Citizen
Citizen

FYI - The statement about being illegal to kill an animal within 500 yards of a dwelling only applies to hunting on public land.  I don't know if this guy was in his yard or on the sidewalk but either way it was an illegal kill based on the previous points made.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Raccoon are non-native vermin, and while I think that preventing access to garbage is preferable to killing them, dispatching one with a blow to the head should not be a criminal offense.  There does not seem any reason to engage in a debate over whether subsequent blows were necessary.  Absent evidence that they were cruel to a (living) animal, they should not be charged with a crime, much less a felony.

People shoot animals when hunting them legally in Colorado, sometimes killing them as quickly as apparently happened in this case, sometimes injuring them horribly (as in the case of the doe shot through with an arrow a couple of years ago) without killing them.  We allow the killing of animals for sport -- how can it be legal to hunt, but felonious to kill a raccoon getting into one's garbage?

Kotora
Kotora

I checked. According to various sources, raccoons are native to North America.

Guest
Guest

Let me do the honors of filling you in, since you clearly don't understand this incident. These boys saw a raccoon going through their garbage and found that that's reason enough to kill it. So what? It's going through your trash, you're throwing it out aren't you? Maybe if they took the time to actually put it in a dumpster that could have been avoided. Instead of handling the situation like a sane and clear-thinking human being by scaring it away, they murdered an innocent animal. Non-native vermin or native vermin, if it's eating your trash or not, this was still a living animal that was defenseless and suffered a painful death. It wasn't just blunt force trauma this animal died from, but it was also stabbed by a machete and left to die in a pool of its blood while they continued to beat it. This wasn't a quick "blow to the head" type situation that lead to an instant death, it was turned into a game and dragged out for their sick enjoyment. Witnesses saw this incident not by accident, but because of they're loud cheers and chanting. If these boys are interested in killing for sport, then by all means go hunting, but spare your neighbors having to watch it happen. Not everyone likes watching animals writhe in pain and be beat to death.

ryan
ryan

I'd like to bring this to your attention. They said they didn't mean to. However I looked at one of their Facebook's, on their wall tells something different. On Nick Foti's wall, he brags about squirrel and coon hunting. And about torturing them before killing them. He said how he has a special trap for skunks and his friends can come fuck with it and not get sprayed. Also bragged about having a trapped animal right now. The three names involved are Nicholas Philip Foti, Lucus B. Hilton, and August Quinn Noble. I have contacted the paper and police. I just want to make sure that as many people know about this.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

"spare your neighbors having to watch it happen" -- this is the nub of the matter -- charge them with a misdemeanor then.

P.S.  murder(mur·der)Pronunciation:/ˈmərdər/nounthe unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another

Jai
Jai

Ah, see that? You've blamed the witnesses for the acts of another. No, these boys do not become felons because neighbors "chose to watch" and saw them brutally slaughter an animal - which could have been avoided - they become felons because they made a conscious choice to physically harm another living creature in a very violent manner.

However, whether or not they will be felons is up to the courts and while I think they should certainly face consequences, unless what Ryan below has said is true, they should be given a first offense penalty with an added bonus stripping them of hunting rights for at least two years.

Guest
Guest

No, you're right, they didn't HAVE to watch, but when they heard the commotion they looked outside to see what all the fuss was about. Then they saw what these boys were doing. So, no, no one forced them to watch and by choice they decided to investigate why they're neighbors were so riled up. They are felons because they committed a crime, not because their neighbors saw. 

GetReal
GetReal

Had to watch?  Was someone forcing them?  It was their CHOICE to watch!  So because of their choice, these guys have to become felons?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I do not claim omniscience -- if there is a basis for charging the defendants with animal cruelty, it was not explicit in the article.

huzzah
huzzah

There's quite a bit Mr. Chase doesn't understand (about this issue and the world in general).  He just likes to stand on a soap box and make noise.  Forgive his ignorance and annoying behavior.

Guest
Guest

No, the nub of this matter is not just that their neighbors had to watch, it's the fact that they cruelly and inhumanely killed a defenseless animal. According to police, "If you flagrantly beat an animal to death, that is against the law." They broke the law, they made an animal suffer a painful death, and they deserve everything coming to them.P.S.The dictionary may define murder as only subscribing to humans, but killing anything living with the intent of doing so in a cruel manner, is considered murder in my book.

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