2 men charged with theft in calf slaughter case

Published On: Jul 02 2013 01:54:37 PM HST   Updated On: Jul 02 2013 02:07:22 PM HST

Lonnie James Knutson (left)  and Jason James Williams

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police have charged two Pa'auilo men in connection with the theft of a calf over the weekend in the Hamakua District.

On Sunday at around 11:30 a.m., police were contacted by a 54- year-old Honoka'a resident, who reported that while checking his pasture land on private property, he discovered two individuals on the property and in possession of a firearm, along with a portion of a calf carcass that had recently been slaughtered.

The remaining carcass was recovered by police and was identified by its owner.

Later that afternoon, police arrested 22-year-old Lonnie James Knutson and 25-year-old Jason James Williams.  They were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 5 p.m. Monday, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Knutson and Williams with one count each of livestock theft, a class C felony.  Their bail was set at $2,000 each.  Both men are scheduled to make their initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

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