Kitten killer sentenced to year in prison

Feb. 7, 2009 at 10:07 AM

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Authorities say a 33-year-old man was sentenced to a year in jail and then will be deported to Mexico for stomping a kitten to death in Redwood City, Calif.

Jesus Calderon-Franco was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest to killing the kitten Nov. 30, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday.

Calderon-Franco, a Mexican national, had been drinking and became enraged when he saw his roommate's 4-year-old daughter had drawn on the bathroom door of their apartment, said Steve Wagstaffe, chief deputy district attorney.

In testimony, the girl's uncle said he saw Calderon-Franco grab the kitten by the neck, squeeze it, throw it outside and then stomp on it. A necropsy showed the kitten, named Pucci, died of multiple fractures.

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