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Birdseye Man Sentenced To Prison After Intimidating Church Congregation

Last updated on Sunday, February 4, 2018

(DUBOIS CO.) - A Birdseye man was sentenced Friday to four years in prison after intimidating a church congregation.

Dubois County Circuit Court Judge Mark McConnell sentenced 41-year-old Josh McBride, of 8042 S. State Road 145, to four years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with one year of house arrest and three years of supervised probation. The judge added the extra stipulation that McBride not be outside the house during church service times of the nearby Anderson Valley Church.

Josh McBride was arrested in February 2016 after he intimidated the congregation at Anderson Valley Christian Church on State Road 145. He was found guilty in December 2017 on two counts of intimidation and two counts of disorderly conduct.

The incident:

On February 28, 2016 police were called to the church after shots were fired.

Police reported that about 25 people were attending services when the shots were fired. No one was injured in the incident because the shots were not fired toward the church.

When officers arrived at the home just before 9 a.m.

McBride was using a backhoe to place a dead dog's decapitated body wrapped in a tarp to a large stone cross in order to send a message to church members.

McBride and the elders at the church were in an on-going dispute ever since one of McBride's dogs allegedly bit one of the elders in December.

According to police records, officers have been called to McBride's home and the church several times because of the on-going dispute.

Since the dispute began, McBride told police that he has had two dogs and two cats die after becoming seriously ill.
McBride told police that the dog he hung on the cross had been taken to a veterinarian in Louisville and had to be euthanized after suffering kidney failure. The veterinarian told McBride that the dog had been poisoned. He believes the elders at the church used rat poison to kill his pets.

McBride says the dog's head was removed to have a toxicology screening completed to determined what type of poison may have been used to kill the dog.

The church elder who was allegedly bitten took McBride to court, where McBride says the judge threw out the case.

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