Searle pleads guilty in fire that killed 18 horses

There are 6 comments on the The Times Herald story from Apr 21, 2007, titled Searle pleads guilty in fire that killed 18 horses. In it, The Times Herald reports that:

John Jay Searle told a judge Friday he set a string of Clyde Township fires in September, one of which killed 18 horses trapped inside a barn. via The Times Herald

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valdez

Pharr, TX

#1 May 13, 2007
i served with him in the uscg...
he is not a bad guy, in fact he was one of the nicest persons i had met at that time... i wish him the best, and in all honestly, maybe some horses died... but should a mans life be spent in prison for it... i dont think so...
nuff said...
Kyle Dye

Hollywood, FL

#2 Aug 8, 2007
valdez wrote:
i served with him in the uscg...
he is not a bad guy, in fact he was one of the nicest persons i had met at that time... i wish him the best, and in all honestly, maybe some horses died... but should a mans life be spent in prison for it... i dont think so...
nuff said...
NO, not "nuff said"! Horses are sometimes worth more than worthless humans.
What you said was very stupid!
Kyle Dye

Hollywood, FL

#3 Aug 8, 2007
valdez wrote:
i served with him in the uscg...
he is not a bad guy, in fact he was one of the nicest persons i had met at that time... i wish him the best, and in all honestly, maybe some horses died... but should a mans life be spent in prison for it... i dont think so...
nuff said...
Also, "nice guys" don't go around setting fires. Water in the rio Grande? Gang trouble caused by all over the U.S.A., let's face it: I'm a fed up gringo!
Christy

Englewood, CO

#4 Aug 16, 2007
I knew him very well. I went to high school with him and actually spend a lot of time with him for about 6 months, up until August of last year (he lived about an hour or so away), after we met up once he was home from the coast guard. He was a dear friend and I never expected something like that. I knew he didn't like horses, but he LOVED animals, as he had a puppy that meant the world to him, he would never KILL an animal. Not to mention, he was kind hearted, and always took care of friends and family. Maybe something snapped. He had lost two friends in a fire, why would he sentence others to the same fate he had night terrors about every night? I am not saying that he is innocent, but I also am not saying that he deserves the sentence he received. I think that someone else was involved, and maybe drugs had a part in the whole thing. But, once again, if they asked him, he may have covered for someone. The amount of damage over the short amount of time could never be done by just one person... I just pray for him and his family that they find peace in all of this, and I pray for the people that this affected. Had anyone known he was capable of this, he would have gotten the help he needed before it would have ever gotten to this point.
valdez

Converse, TX

#5 Jan 12, 2010
Kyle Dye wrote:
<quoted text>Also, "nice guys" don't go around setting fires. Water in the rio Grande? Gang trouble caused by all over the U.S.A., let's face it: I'm a fed up gringo!
cmon Kyle, alittle off topic there with Rio Grande, gang trouble, fed up gringo...? Whats with that...? Unfortunately people who blame others, either by race or geographic area, lol, are only adding to your idea of worthless humans...
maybe you do belong in a barn with some horses...
oh yeah.. nuff said.
Wrinkled Scrotum

Detroit, MI

#6 Feb 19, 2010
this story made my nuts ache.

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