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Friday, January 10, 2020 12:18 pm

Defendant gets 1-year term for killing roommate's kitten

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

An Allen County judge handed a one-year jail sentence to a Fort Wayne man who killed his roommate's 2-month-old kitten and injured another cat.

Andrew S. Gibbs, 27, pleaded guilty in November to two counts -- one a felony -- of animal cruelty. He was sentenced today to two years with one year suspended, for a total of one year behind bars.

Prosecutors did not object to the sentence being served on work release, according to a plea agreement.

Gibbs was charged in June, after a kitten named April was found dead in a plastic bag in a trash bin outside the home he shared with a roommate. A veterinarian said the animal was the victim "of non-accidental blunt force trauma to the body," a probable cause affidavit alleged.

Another cat -- 4-month-old Mei -- suffered bleeding from its right eye and blunt force trauma, court documents say.


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