No jail time for thugs who beat up Navy veteran trying to save an animal

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Two men in Daytona Beach, Florida plead no contest on Monday to beating up a Navy veteran who tried to stop the thugs from torturing a turtle at a Daytona Beach apartment complex in February. Garry Blough, 45, had been told by his crying daughter and wife about three men who were killing a turtle; Blough went outside to tell the abusers to stop.

“The one had it over his head and he was smashing it down on the sidewalk,” Blough stated. “I asked them to please leave it alone, just let it go to the lake.”

Not only did Ryan Ponder, 23, Johnnie Beveritt, 18, and a 16-year-old juvenile, ignore the demand to leave the animal alone, they turned their violence to Blough leaving him with a broken skull, facial fractures, internal bleeding and a concussion. The turtle was found dead in a nearby pool of blood.

According to News6, Ponder and Beveritt were sentenced to 18 months probation on the felony count and 12 months probation concurrent on the misdemeanor count. Both men were ordered not to have any contact with each other or wildlife. They were also ordered to take a two day course in anger management and pay $16,500 in restitution. There has been no report as to the punishment for the juvenile involved.

Meanwhile, Blough continues to recover from his injuries which include nerve damage and vision problems. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the expenses.

(Photos of thugs who beat up Navy veteran via Huffington Post)

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24 replies
  1. John says:

    What is wrong with our System of Laws and the Judges that don’t care for the rights of others. These 2 Thugs should be in Jail.

    • Sherry says:

      Right. Probation just isn’t going to cut it . These two were brutally killing a TURTLE. How in the hell can a turtle make someone mad? Anger management, judge, you are a JOKE. These losers should be in jail where they belong. You failed the man that was attacked, the turtle, and the rest of society. We should be able to walk around without fear of SADISTIC THUGS. You blew your opportunity to clean our streets up of some FILTH.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Oh this sentence will CERTAINLY make these thugs think twice before beating up someone again! It’s bad enough our courts are NOT punishing these thugs for killing the poor turtle but they brutally beat Garry Blough! Why doesn’t this warrant some jail time? Anger management and probation, what a joke!

    • linda says:

      Unbelievable lack of punishment for assaulting and causing permanent damage to Mr. Blough. I was told once you plead no contest the punishment for the crime is reduced. So unfair for the man and his family.

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        Pleading “no contest” should NOT be a get out of jail free ticket. There should be a mandatory punishment for assaulting and injuring someone to this extent and t should include jail time! I suppose this man can sue these thugs but what would he ever get out of these dead beats!

  3. Janie Ledergerber says:

    Another sad tale of three total losers who should never have been born. They have no place among decent people and they never will. With any luck, they will be victims of like minded thugs and lose their lives to violence in the near future. We will not have to support them in prison indefinitely and no one will mourn their passing except their mothers who will swear that they were “good” boys and didn’t deserve the hand that Karma has dealt. We all have a choice. If you choose to be a thug, you deserve what you get.

  4. Pamela Garlisch says:

    That judge should be ashamed of himself and voted out of office the next time he comes up for reelection. People keep track of these judges that’s the only way this is going to change!

    • Sherry says:

      Agreed! Too many lame judges are in office and they are not helping with this crisis regarding animal cruelty. We need ones that have a lot of compassion for animals and ones with a backbone , not afraid to start throwing some real punishment down.

  5. Pamela Bolton says:

    Once again scum get away with a slap on the wrist. When are these judges going to get some balls about them and put this trash in jail???

  6. Marsha Flynn Squibb says:

    Oh great! They get away with animal abuse,beating the shit. out of son who has morals and they get off!!!!! We’ll here more of them!!This was so wring

  7. Jill says:

    They practically kill this poor father……and they get no jail. Time?????? We live in a disturbing world. For sure……and to those bastards who did this………hell on earth ………

  8. Pennysdachshunds says:


  9. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another instance of a judge with no backbone – these dirt bag punks murdered an innocent animal for no reason they severely injured a man who was trying to stop them and a court gives them NO jail time – well, they are now free to continue their cruelty to both humans and animals. You can bet this restitution will never get paid and these three miserable excuses for humans will go on to become adult thugs – guaranteed.

  10. vicki hood says:

    These sewer scum got a ticket to do more disgusting hurtful, evil acts. Make note of that judge and turn him into authorities like the mayor, congressman and others . He sucks. Bet he got a little side money or a case of scotch.

  11. Linda Szymoniak says:

    They need to post the full names and addresses of these punks. Maybe they’ll get a taste of their own medicine. How can they not have to serve any time? Then again, with probation, don’t they go to jail if they break their probation? I doubt they can keep their noses clean.

  12. Adrienne says:

    Hey judge, kill a turtle and go on to what next? Maybe a member of your family? Then you might commit these thugs to serious jail time? Unbelievable a sentence like this for two future jail mates. The restitution is a joke and it will never be paid and what about the innocent man who stepped in to stop this crime. He should sue the judge,thugs as well as county that they are in for whatever he can get. Deserves millions for standing up for these poor animals.

  13. J. Martin says:

    Oh .. Ain’t that a nice thing. The vet tries to help some poor innocent turtle and 3 cowardly assholes attack him. They kill the turtle and nearly kill this poor man .. and sweet fuck all happens to them? TOTAL BULLSHIT!! BLM huh? ( Like fuck they do). For sacks of shit like this they need a bullet to the head .. all 3 of them!!! As for the judge .. did he let them get off because they are black? Is that the reason? You know what should happen … maybe some of this guy’s former navy friends ought to go hunting. Do a little ” kill the vile, vicious, heartless asshole ” hunting. Clean the street up a bit!

  14. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    This is BULLSHIT!!!! Those assholes aren’t going to quit, their just going to keep on doing what they were and beat up another innocent animal and person!!!! These Thugs need to go to Prison and see what its really like to survive!!!!

  15. Theresa says:

    Three loser dirtbags should all get a bullet right between their eyes they won’t change it will just get worse for innocent animals and innocent people

  16. Red says:

    Let me guess….this judge was black and believes in the BLM!?!?!?!? WHY ELSE WOULD THESE WORTHLESS, USELESS bags of skin get off with no punishment for torturing and killing an animal and beating up a veteran?
    Our so called justice system needs an overhaul. ANY JUDGE WHO HAS A “Cause” should not be allowed on the bench. You are there to be fair and to hand out PUNISHMENT TO MONSTERS!

  17. Diana Rowell says:

    The tiem has come to take these vile, derelict judges to the nearest tree to be hanged until DEAD. Immediately followed by being hit REPEATEDLY with a 2×4 while they’re wriggling to get free.


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