Second pre-Thanksgiving turkey pardoned in New Hampshire

November 14, 2018
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A five-month-old turkey named Brook reacts to Gov. Chris Sununu as he explains his request for a pardon to the Executive Council, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Concord, N.H. The turkey, accused of “theft by unauthorized taking,” was spared by the council in time for Thanksgiving, and will be raised by students at the Crotched Mountain School. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A 5-month-old turkey named Brook will survive past Thanksgiving after being pardoned at the New Hampshire Statehouse.

Wednesday marked the second year Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has requested a pre-Thanksgiving pardon for a scofflaw bird. He told the Executive Council that Brook had been convicted of “theft by unauthorized taking” for stealing feed from a fellow turkey at CJEJ Farm in Columbia and had been sentenced to “dinner,” but that she deserved a second chance.

The council agreed, and the bird will be raised at Crotched Mountain School, a residential school in Greenfield for students with autism. Students were on hand to take the bird, which sat calmly on a table in the Executive Council chambers while its fate was determined.

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