Two Branson, Missouri teens, who sparked social outrage last year after they tied a kitten to the bumper of their Jeep and dragged him to her death, were sentenced on Friday to spend at least the next four years in prison.
According to the Merced Sun-Star, Kyle Williams, 18, and Jordan Hall, 19, pleaded guilty to animal abuse. In the horrifying incident which occurred last June, a video had been posted to Facebook showing the kitten being dragged for nearly five minutes while the teens laughed. Twice they stopped their vehicle to check on the kitten and one of the participants could be heard saying:
“Keep going. Don’t stop. He’s almost dead!”
Court documents described Williams as tying a rope around the cat’s neck and then to the bumper. A person in the back of the vehicle videoed the kitten trying to run behind the vehicle “until it couldn’t run anymore.” The people continued to laugh and when the kitten wasn’t dead from being dragged, Williams beat it with a rock. He then posted the cat’s lifeless body on Facebook asking his viewers to buy him pizza.
A private Facebook group Cellulites were disgusted with the photo and video that Williams posted of himself with the body of the innocent bloodied and tortured kitten. Through their expert sleuthing, they traced the teen’s identity and contacted police. The group later posted that “animal cruelty is not okay!”
Williams was sentenced to four years in prison for animal abuse and three years for armed criminal action to be served consecutively. In addition, the Taney County prosecutor stated he will also serve five years for “possession of a weapon in a county jail, relating to the sharpening of a spork into a ‘shank.'”
Hall was also sentenced to four years in prison for animal abuse.
Taney County prosecutor Jeff Merell thanked the people on social media for helping to bring justice to this small defenseless kitten as the result “for this senseless act of depravity.”
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