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Police: Man ripped heads off chickens in jealous rage

Police say Gregory Ulrich, left, killed 20 chickens and ripped their heads from their bodies in a drunken, jealous rage on Christmas. His friend John Budnovitch, right, reportedly drove the car while Ulrich smashed the windows of several cars. (Milford Police)

MILFORD, Conn. (AP/WKRC) - Police say a Connecticut man killed 20 chickens and ripped their heads from their bodies in a drunken, jealous rage on Christmas.

Milford Police Officer Michael DeVito tells the Hartford Courant that Gregory Ulrich, 28, was drinking with a friend when he saw social media pictures of his wife with other people. DeVito says Ulrich became enraged and told his friend, 21-year-old John Budnovitch, to drive to the homes of the people with his wife.

Ulrich stole the chickens from two properties, police say. He reportedly killed them with his "bare hands" as Budnovitch watched.

Police said in a press release the friend Budnovitch drove as he and Ulrich smashed the windows on several cars, reportedly with an ax.

According to NBC Connecticut, Ulrich has been charged with larceny in the fifth degree, three counts of criminal mischief in the first degree, 10 counts of criminal mischief in the second degree, 20 counts of animal cruelty and interfering with a police officer.

Budnovitch has been charged with larceny in the sixth degree, two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the first degree, six counts of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the second degree, 20 counts of animal cruelty, evading responsibility, operating a motor vehicle under suspension and using a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission.

They are due back in court Jan. 30.

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