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Juveniles facing charges after Ennis fish hatchery vandalism

Both suspects are reportedly not residents of Madison County
Posted at 9:34 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 23:34:02-05

Two suspects have been identified in connection with a violent break-in and vandalism incident at the National Fish Hatchery in Ennis.

Around 30 fish were brutally killed when the facility was vandalized in October.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says after a recent MTN News story spread the word about the incident, tips led them to two juvenile suspects.

Both suspects are not residents of Madison County.

The two suspects face charges including felony aggravated cruelty to animals and two misdemeanors of criminal mischief and youths in need of intervention.

Officials say the investigation is still ongoing, pending restitution.

According to Montana Code Annotated, "Youth in need of intervention" means a youth who is adjudicated as a youth and who:

(a) commits an offense prohibited by law that if committed by an adult would not constitute a criminal offense, including but not limited to a youth who:

(i) violates any Montana municipal or state law regarding alcoholic beverages; or

(ii) continues to exhibit behavior, including running away from home or habitual truancy, beyond the control of the youth's parents, foster parents, physical custodian, or guardian despite the attempt of the youth's parents, foster parents, physical custodian, or guardian to exert all reasonable efforts to mediate, resolve, or control the youth's behavior; or

(b) has committed any of the acts of a delinquent youth but whom the youth court, in its discretion, chooses to regard as a youth in need of intervention.