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‘Terrorists’ Made Man Eat His Own Beard

Some honest to goodness down home ‘domestic terrorism,’ via Kentucky’s Lexington Herald-Leader:

 

James Hill and Troy Holt

2 Anderson men avoid jail for forcing man to eat his beard

By Greg Kocher
Posted on Wed, Nov. 17, 2010

LAWRENCEBURG — A man who was forced to eat his beard at knifepoint said Tuesday he is satisfied with the punishment of his two assailants, even though they avoided jail time.

"There’s no hard feelings," Harvey Westmoreland, 41, said in an interview at his home in Anderson County. "I mean, I ain’t going to speak to them, and they better not pull in my driveway."

But "there’s no hard feelings."

Troy F. Holt, 47, and James E. Hill, 51, were sentenced Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court in connection with a bizarre altercation in May 2009, when Holt cut off Westmoreland’s beard and forced him to eat it. Hill, meanwhile, held a sickle blade to Westmoreland and his brother, Joseph, 33.

Under the terms of a pretrial diversion program [sic] approved by Judge Charles Hickman, the charges against the defendants will be dismissed if they do not break the law for specified periods — five years for Holt and four years for Hill.

Asked what it was like to eat his beard, Harvey Westmoreland said, "Well, did you ever chew on a sponge? That’d be about what it would be like."

Westmoreland, who declined to be photographed, now sports a full brown beard tinged with gray on the chin.

Although the assault happened in 2009, details about the beard-eating were not widely known until last week

After sentencing, Holt could not explain why he made Harvey Westmoreland eat his beard other than that things "got out of control" after some heavy drinking.

Ah, yes. Much of the idiocy in the world has occurred "after some heavy drinking." Outside of Washington, DC, anyway.

According to court documents, the Westmoreland brothers were held against their will in a corner of a barn on Willisburg Road in western Anderson County. Holt took a pocket knife and cut the brothers’ shirts, then he put the knife to their throats and threatened to kill them. Using the knife, Holt then cut off Harvey Westmoreland’s beard and forced him to eat it.

"I remember it pulling. I’d say it pulled out as much as he cut off," Westmoreland said.

Meanwhile, Hill stood by with a sling blade and told the Westmorelands that if they tried to leave, he would kill them, according to court documents and a police report. The Westmorelands also were told that if they called police, they "would not live till morning," according to court documents.

However, after about 30 minutes of beating and taunts, Holt and Hill let the Westmorelands leave.

What started the assault is in dispute. Harvey Westmoreland said it began over a riding mower that he sold to Holt. Holt said it was over a woman.

We suspect Kentucky had something to do with it, as well. There’s the old saying, ‘There will always be an England.’ Well, that goes double for Kentucky.

Holt alleged Tuesday he had previously been threatened by Harvey Westmoreland but he did not report the threats to police.

"I don’t take threats very lightly," Holt said.

But he later said, "I ain’t got no excuses about what I done."

Harvey Westmoreland, who said he is a convicted felon, indicated he had not issued any threats. "I’m not even allowed to have a gun," he said. "I ain’t even touched a gun in, I’d say, 15 years."

In any case, Holt and Hill were indicted on charges of terroristic threatening, unlawful imprisonment and misdemeanor assault. The charges were amended to complicity to each count

Still, just imagine if this caught on with the Mohammedans. They might be too busy to terrorize us.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “‘Terrorists’ Made Man Eat His Own Beard”

  1. oldpuppydixie says:

    “We suspect Kentucky had something to do with it, as well. There’s the old saying, ‘There will always be an England.’ Well, that goes double for Kentucky.”

    Perhaps. On the other hand, we did NOT re-elect San Fran Nan, Moonbeam Brown, Harry Reid, Patty Murray, Barbara Boxer, Charlie Rangel…shall I continue??!!

  2. Petronius says:

    Ah, yes, Kentucky, land of beautiful horses and fast women.

    “I’m not even allowed to have a gun,” he said. “I ain’t even touched a gun in, I’d say, 15 years.” – Harvey Westmoreland, Kentucky convict.

    Really? Who are you kidding, Harvey?

    “I have never in my life seen a Kentuckian without a gun, a pack of cards, and a jug of whiskey.” – Andy Jackson.

  3. lexiluvr says:

    “We suspect Kentucky had something to do with it, as well. There’s the old saying, ‘There will always be an England.’ Well, that goes double for Kentucky.”

    Sounds eerily like an elitists comment…something Obama, Pelosi or Katie Couric would say.
    I’m in Lexington, KY and I have lived here most of my life and I have never heard of anything like this happening before. For you to think that this act is somehow related to geography speaks volumes to me about your mindset about “us poor, common, unwashed masses, desperately clinging to our guns and religion….out here in the sticks”

    But I have to admit I do have several guns and several decks or cards (no whiskey though).

    • Steve says:

      “Sounds eerily like an elitists comment…something Obama, Pelosi or Katie Couric would say.”

      It wasn’t meant that way. I love Kentucky. (And fast horses and beautiful women.)

  4. proreason says:

    Deliverance was an interesting movie.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    “According to court documents, the Westmoreland brothers were held against their will in a corner of a barn on Willisburg Road in western Anderson County. Holt took a pocket knife and cut the brothers’ shirts, then he put the knife to their throats and threatened to kill them. Using the knife, Holt then cut off Harvey Westmoreland’s beard and forced him to eat it.”

    Harvey Westmoreland, 41, is a gutless coward and Kentuck chicken shiite.
    Lay off the drink and become a man.
    Yea…..Man Up, Harv!!

  6. Chuckk says:

    This story makes me proud to have been born in Kentucky.


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