Accused shooter in horse killings to undergo mental health evaluation

NORWICH – Four people charged with a variety of felony and misdemeanor crimes pleaded guilty in county court Monday, while two others admitted to violating the terms of their probation. In addition, a seventh individual was sentenced to one and a half to three years in state prison while a Town of New Berlin man – accused of killing six of his neighbor’s horses in April – must undergo a mental health evaluation.

• Lauren L. McMaster, 75, New Berlin, was ordered to undergo a mental health examination following his second appearance in Chenango County Court.

McMaster was indicted in May on six counts of second degree criminal mischief, a class D felony, and one count of tampering with physical evidence, an E felony, after he allegedly shot and killed six of his neighbor’s horses on two separate occasions in April of this year.

According to the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office, McMaster could face up to 35 years in state prison if convicted on all seven felony charges. He is scheduled to re-appear in court at a later date.

• Kenneth D. Peer, 30, South New Berlin, was sentenced to one and a half to three years in state prison – with time served – after being convicted on one count of attempted promotion of prison contraband, a class E felony.

In January, Peer was indicted on a charge of first degree promoting prison contraband, accused of knowingly and unlawfully introducing a dangerous contraband – the narcotic Hydrocodone – into the Chenango County Correctional Facility on or about Oct. 18, in concert with another individual.

• Savannah M.E. Collins, 25, Norwich, was sentenced to 90 days in the Chenango County Correctional Facility after she admitted to violating the terms of her probation on multiple occasions, failing to report to scheduled appointments with the county’s probation office.

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