A man has pleaded to being a member of a group that shot cattle in Leavenworth County.

A man has pleaded to being a member of a group that shot cattle in Leavenworth County.

Christopher Wright, 20, Overland Park, pleaded no contest Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court to criminal damage to property and cruelty to animals, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.

By pleading no contest, Wright did not admit guilty but signaled he did not wish to offer a defense in the case. He was found guilty after entering the plea.

Sentencing is scheduled for next month.

The County Attorney's Office filed charges against Wright and three others after cattle were found shot in 2016 in rural Leavenworth County.

The suspects were identified after deputies responded to the area of 187th Street and Mt. Olivet Road for reports of shots fired. Deputies stopped a truck. Four people including Wright and several firearms were found in the vehicle, according to Thompson.

Over the course of the few days that followed, several cows were found dead as a result gunshot wounds. One wounded animal was still alive but had to be euthanized.

Deputies questioned the four suspects, who reportedly admitted to shooting cattle at night. They stated they had no justification for shooting the animals, according to Thompson.

The shootings resulted in a loss of more than $16,000.

All four suspects were charged. Wright was the last of the defendants to enter a plea, according to Thompson.