Florida man who drove truck into horse and killed it during argument gets 5 years in prison

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DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to five years in prison for ramming his truck into a horse, killing the animal and injuring its rider.

The state attorney’s office reports in a news release that Christopher Todd also was sentenced Friday to five years of probation after his prison sentence.

Todd pleaded no contest last month to aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, killing a horse and leaving the scene of a crash with injury.

Authorities say Todd got into an argument with several people riding horses at Blue Spring State Park last February. One woman had reportedly told Todd not to speed in his Dodge Ram 1500. Officials say he responded with an expletive, and the woman called him a racial slur.

Authorities say Todd then turned his truck around and drove at the group, hitting one of the horses.