Fallon man who stabbed llama up for parole hearing in August

FALLON - After spending four months in prison, a Fallon man who stabbed a llama to death will face the Nevada Parole Board in August.

Warren James Baglin is eligible for an early release from custody. Prison inmates generally see the parole board four months before they are paroled.

Baglin, who turned 20 two weeks after being sentenced in April, has been held in medium custody in the Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs.

He was sentenced to 12-34 months in custody for killing a llama in December. According to a recent tabulation of time served and credits earned while in prison, Baglin had 341 days. That figure includes jail time, prison time and 70 credits for good behavior or working in prison industries. Prison inmates generally serve about one-third of their sentences before being released.

Baglin and his 17-year-old brother decided on a whim to kill a llama while visiting with friends on the night of Dec. 18.

They drove to John Trauth's ranch on the Reno Highway, climbed a fence and repeatedly stabbed the animal named "Snowman" until it died.

Trauth raises llamas as pets and also to show at competitions throughout the country.

John and his wife Pam were out of town Thursday, but their 23-year-old son expressed outrage that Baglin could be up for parole so soon.

"He came out here and killed that animal and he should serve a lot more, and his brother along with him," said John Trauth Jr. "I hope he serves the whole (sentence). That's what he deserves."

Baglin's younger brother received jail time and probation for his part in the stabbing.

District Judge Robert Estes also ordered Baglin to pay $15,000 to the Trauths for lost income from breeding Snowman. The couple uses money from breeding their llamas to help supplement their income.

When Baglin was interviewed by Churchill County investigators, he allegedly said he felt "sick" after the first stab wound caused blood to gush from the llama. He said he began cutting the animal's throat so it would die quickly and not suffer, police reports state.

In court at his sentencing, Baglin promised to pay the Trauths and prove to himself that he is a good person.

"I'm haunted to this day. I have nightmares and this will haunt me for the rest of my life," Baglin said.

n Contact reporter Marlene Garcia at mgarcia@lahontanvalleynews.com


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