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Chaminade Grad Enters Plea Deal in Rabbit Killing Charge

Nicolas A. Coyle sentenced to house arrest and probation in animal cruelty case.

A Chaminade High School alumni who was arrested for allegedly beating a rabbit to death with a hockey stick and using it as a puck has changed his plea to ‘guilty’ to charges in a Rhode Island court.

Merrick native Nicolas A. Coyle was arrested and charged with a felony of a malicious killing of an animal and a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals after a Nov. 4, 2011 incident at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. He was arrested on Nov. 16, 2011.

Coyle entered the plea in Rhode Island court under a misdemeanor plea bargain with the state attorney general to avoid a trial for the charge of malicious injury to animals, a felony. He had originally entered a plea of not guilty.

Coyle was sentenced to 2 months of home confinement in Rhode Island and was ordered to wear an ankle monitor according to law enforcement officials. He will also have to put in 100 hours of community service and must also undergo psychological counseling.

The home arrest period also makes him subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

Coyle was on an athletic scholarship to Newport-based Salve Regina University, which has reportedly been revoked.

Following the two months of home confinement, Coyle will be on probation for 9 months. His home arrest period ends on December 8, but he may apply to serve the 9 months in New York. In the meantime, he is barred from leaving the state of Rhode Island.

Islander October 12, 2012 at 08:52 PM
What does Chaminade have to do with this? Nothing. Was the Merrick patch too busy to run a story on what should be "Merrick man enters a plea....". He is a Merrick native, and this crime was committed in Rhode Island. Nothing in the story has any connection to Mineola or Chaminade. Why does this savage's high school alma mater rate a headline?
SLJ October 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Islander--you're 100% correct. Why mention the school at all?
linda smith October 13, 2012 at 02:54 AM
This boy needs help -- we should pray for him and his family to get this boy the help he needs. All else is irrelevant.
Moe October 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM
The Merrick Patch did run the article, and yes they noted he was from Merrick. I looked back at an article the Mineola Patch ran last week about a Chaminade grad making the Green Bay Packers practice squad but didn't see a post from Islander decrying that they mentioned he was a Chaminade grad. Why is that? We should only portray them as angels? I have 3 brothers and 3 nephews who are Chaminade alumni so any news related to Chaminade is of interest to me. But you have to take the good with the bad.
Islander October 13, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Moe, using your logic, if this guy were on Chaminade rabbit killing team then the headline would make more sense. Did he learn to kill rabbits at Chaminade? If the Green Bay Packer played football at Chaminade at least there is some connection between the school and the achievement. The crime itself and the location where it was committed have no connection to the school. I graduated from Chaminade nearly twenty years ago, should my any of my potential misdeeds still be connected with my high school? Unless there is a relevant connection what better cutoff to stop associating someone with a school, any school, then when they leave that school. Besides, if the story was already covered in the Merrick Patch, why does it need additional coverage in the Mineola Patch? It's irresponsible journalism attempting to exploit a somewhat sensational story and it sullies Mineola and Chaminade in the process. The school has done enough, good and bad and the connection is unnecessary.

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