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Maximum Penalty Sought for Kitten Abuse Case

Maximum Penalty Sought for Kitten Abuse Case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Animal advocates are now urging people to encourage a judge to impose the maximum sentence on a Kearns man who pleaded guilty to abusing kittens.

Clint L. Wilkes was accused of getting free kittens from classified ads and then abusing them. Authorities say he's motive was to maintain contact with his ex-girlfriend by asking her to help with the injured animals.

Wilkes pleaded guilty to an amended assault charge this week as part of a plea deal. In exchange, prosecutors dropped two counts of animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of Utah wants residents to contact Judge Peggy Acomb in writing and urge her to impose the maximum penalty on Wilkes, which is six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

His sentencing is set for May 21.

---------- Information from: Deseret Morning News,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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