AKRON, Ohio – An Ohio man who pleaded no contest to killing his roommate’s cat by throwing it towards a wall has been sentenced to 2 years’ probation.
The decide stated Tuesday that jail time wasn’t an choice for 21-yr-previous College of Akron scholar Matthew McCullough. A state regulation mandates probation for the primary offense of sure low-degree felonies that aren’t deemed violent.
A brand new regulation final yr elevated sure animal cruelty offenses from misdemeanors to fifth-diploma felonies, however prosecutor Justin Richard says the cat’s demise was handled as a “property crime.”
The Akron Beacon Journal reviews that McCullough apologized on the sentencing. Lawyer Reid Yoder stated McCullough is “not a deviant.”
The cat allegedly scratched and urinated on McCullough. Yoder referred to as the killing a “momentary lapse of judgment.”
Info from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com