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Two Missouri teens were sentenced to jail time after being convicted of dragging a helpless kitten behind a vehicle and proudly posting a video of its torturous death.
Kyle Wayne Williams, 18, and Jordan Hall, 19, were convicted of animal abuse and each was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday for the crime, which caused widespread outrage last June after it was reportedly posted to a Facebook group.
According to the Kansas City Star, prosecutors alleged Williams posted the footage in a bid to get his followers to buy him pizza.
Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell said in a statement.
“We are satisfied with the sentences handed down today by the Judge for this senseless act of depravity against a helpless kitten,”
Both men pleaded guilty to an animal abuse charge and received the maximum sentence. Williams was also sentenced to three years for armed criminal action.
As a criminal justice practitioner, I am encouraged to see “justice” actually done, and am even more encouraged to see that Missouri, at least, is tightening it’s animal abuse laws, and handing down sentences appropriate to animal cruelty.
For more about animals read how this starving dog stayed by his dead owner’s side for weeks.