View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


‘Backyard Butcher’ pleads not guilty to 3 counts

Posted: September 5, 2013 1:24 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2013 1:24 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country man has pleaded not guilty to charges of animal slaughter and cruelty a little over a year after he was sentenced on similar charges and dubbed the “Backyard Butcher.”

A criminal complaint filed against iron worker Roberto Celedon since his arrest Friday accuses him of having “unlawfully, maliciously and intentionally” killed a sheep Friday at his home on Tick Canyon Road.

He is also accused of “slaughtering livestock capable of use as human food,” which is a misdemeanor, according to the same complaint filed Tuesday.

In a third count filed against Celedon, prosecutors say the 27-year-old killed a sheep without “rending the animal insensible to pain,” also a misdemeanor.

Celedon pleaded not guilty to all counts Wednesday in San Fernando Superior Court, said Shiara Dávila-Morales of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors also allege the defendant was in possession of livestock in violation of his probation.

Celedon, who was arrested Friday by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies, remains in custody without bail.
He was ordered to appear back in court Oct. 24, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing and a probation hearing, Dávila-Morales said.

In the previous case, the District Attorney’s office filed a seven-page felony complaint against Celedon in March 2012. He was arrested a month later and accused of unlawfully slaughtering animals for sale over a six-month period. Twenty-nine emaciated farm animals were removed from his property.

He pleaded guilty to one felony animal cruelty charge and a misdemeanor in May 2012 and was sentenced to 90 days in Los Angeles County jail, five years’ probation and ordered not to possess any animals for slaughter.
On Twitter @jamesarthurholt




Most Popular Articles

There are no articles at this time.
Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...