Prosecutors drop criminal charge against Maryland farmer brought by Norge animal sanctuary
By Steve Roberts Jr and Cody Boteler
Jul 08, 2019 | 4:30 PM
|JAMES CITY COUNTY
Almost two months after James City County and Maryland police searched a Norge animal sanctuary to recover an allegedly stolen cow, James City County’s top prosecutor has dropped a charge brought by the animal sanctuary against the owner of the farm the cow was allegedly stolen from.
Williamsburg-James City County Commonwealth's Attorney Nate Green declined to extradite and prosecute Maryland farmer Scott Braglio, according to James City County Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.
Green has since moved to quash the case, Williams said.
Braglio was charged with one misdemeanor count of using profane or threatening language over the public airways in a citizen complaint brought by Ryan Phillips, according to James City County Police Department Deputy Chief Steve Rubino.
“We have been cleared from any wrongdoing from every [agency],” Braglio said. “We’ve been totally vindicated. I’m tired of having our name smeared all over the place.”