Two Grosse Ile High Lacrosse Team Members Charged with Animal Cruelty

DETROIT, MI – Tanner Coolsaet, 18-years-old, and Michael Roth, 17-years-old, both of Grosse Ile, have been charged with two counts each of Animals – Killing/Torturing and Conspiracy to Commit Killing/Torturing of Animals.

All of the charges are felonies carrying a maximum four year penalty. Grosse Ile

On Saturday, April 30th, 2016, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Grosse Ile High School varsity lacrosse team met before a game. Two team members, Coolsaet and Roth, arrived at the meeting location and produced a box containing a guinea pig. Coolsaet had a knife and slit the guinea pig’s throat. Roth grabbed the guinea pig and struck it with a small bat. The animal died shortly thereafter.

Wayne County Prosecutor Worthy said, “The alleged facts in this case illustrate much more than a youthful prank or a pre-game antic. We must take these cases seriously.”

Both defendants were arraigned on Sunday, July 17th, 2016. The probable cause conference is scheduled for July 26, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for August 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge James Kersten in 33rd District Court.

The defendants received a $5,000 personal bond – bond posted. They are not to consume alcohol or controlled substances, not to purchase or acquire animals or pets, and have a curfew from 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

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