A Wisconsin man has been found guilty of three misdemeanors after a bizarre chain of events that led to bowling balls being shot out of a cannon and a dead horse.
Lisa Kroll went out to feed her horses and discovered a big hole in the roof of her barn, a bowling ball, and a dead horse. A closer inspection revealed six more balls and three bowling pins in the field by her Wisconsin home, Fox9 reports.
It turns out a neighbor’s brother decided to celebrate the 4th of July by putting his canon to use and firing off a total of 10 bowling balls and 10 bowling pins.
65-year-old Ricky Thorne brought a home-made canon to the party, and is now facing charges of recklessly endangering safety and negligent handling of a weapon. Thorne said he is sorry the ammunition made it the half-mile to Kroll’s property.
Kroll said “At least it was a horse not a human, but it was a very nice horse that got killed, very unfortunate.” At the time there were guests sleeping in a camper outside Kroll’s house.
“Been prosecuting 34 years, this is the first case we’ve had where someone was shooting bowling balls out of a cannon,” St. Croix County Attorney Eric Johnson said.
Thorne pled no content to three misdemeanors, but was found guilty last month of disorderly conduct and two counts of endangering safety by using a dangerous weapon. He was fined court costs of $2,329.