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UPDATE: So Called "Chicken Killer" To Spend 60 Days In Jail

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DELMAR, Md. – It's the local story getting national attention, simply recognized as the "chicken killer case." The man at the center of it all learned Thursday, he will be spending time behind bars.

With just 2 months in jail lying ahead of him, bailiffs led a clearly upset 21-year-old Joshua Shelton out of court in handcuffs. This after a jury found him guilty on just one of the five total charges stemming from the incident last summer. Two of those charges were dropped Thursday.

Shelton was found not guilty for a trespassing charge and a malicious destruction of property charge. He was convicted of burglary in the 4th degree after breaking into a power control shed.

"Fourth degree burglary means being in the dwelling of somebody without their permission. That's what it means, breaking and entering. And I guess the jury believed he was in that building without the permission of the Shockley's," Assistant Public Defender Rene Tywang said.

On the night of August 24th, Shelton and a close friend say they were invited to the property by poultry farm owner Mark Shockley's daughter to hang out and have some drinks. Shelley Shockley admitted to drinking with the boys in court, but it contradicts what she told WMDT in an interview back in September when she claimed she did not drink with them. Witnesses explained how Shelton was found lying in a puddle of what appeared to be his own urine in the power control shed on the property. The breakers to three chicken houses were turned off, and police say he smelled of alcohol.

Shelton claims he has no recollection of going into the control shed and turning off the breakers. His friend says he found Shelton and Shelley kissing near the shed and soon after left the property. But Shelley says that wasn't the case - she denies any sexual relation with Shelton and claims she asked him to leave the property.

Police reports say Shockley originally accused Shelton of killing more than 70,000 of his chickens, but he says it was actually closer to 34,000.

"I've spoken with the Shockley family and they are very thankful for the sentence that was imposed. Mr. Shockley spoke very eloquently about the pain this caused his family. I believe the restitution is in line with what is owed as a direct result of this case," Wicomico County Assistant State's Attorney Andrew Illuminati said.

Shelton leaves behind a 5.5 month pregnant girlfriend who was in court and in tears after the sentencing. Shelton appeared upset, as well and shook his head as he was taken away in handcuffs.  

The judge sentenced him to two years, all but 60 days suspended, which is why he's only looking at about two months behind bars. The judge also ordered three years of probation, drug and alcohol counseling, and more than $5,000 in restitution to Shockley. 

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