Punxsutawney Phil indicted over his erroneous prediction of an early spring

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio - A prosecutor in Ohio says we've been misled about an early spring.

So he wants a head to roll. A little, furry head.

Even though the spring season is now underway, you wouldn't know it if you've been outside.

That's as true in Kansas City as it is in Butler County, Ohio. Now, county prosecutor Michael Gmoser thinks someone needs to pay.

"I woke up this morning and the wind was blowing, the snow was flying, the temperatures were falling," Gmoser said, "and I said ‘Punxsutawney, you let us down.'"

Punxsutawney Phil's incorrect prediction of an early spring has him in some seriously hot water now. A one-count indictment filed in jest accuses Phil of "the offense of misrepresentation of early spring, a unclassified felony, and against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio."

"There's only one person that can do something about this for the citizens of Butler County," Gmoser said. "And that's me."

The head of the county's law enforcement says he'll do what he's supposed to do to bring justice.

"Hopefully, like I said, Pennsylvania cooperates with our prosecutor," Gmoser said. "My job is just to carry out the court orders and the indictments. My job is not to question."

So what's is in store for Phil? Well, pending an extradition hearing, gmoser says its curtains for the little guy.

"Since he's already serving a life sentence behind bars, as you know, there wasn't much left as far as a penalty other than the death sentence."

"It's clearly an egregious error on his part, and he continues to make this, so, I think he needs to be held accountable."


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