Demand the MAXIMUM Sentence for Kitten Dragging Death in Branson, Missouri NO GRAPHIC PICS
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Please convince Judge Jennifer Growcock to impose the MAXIMUM sentence and fine for Kyle W. Williams, 18 and Jordan M. Hall, 19
Jennifer Growcock, Circuit Judge, Division II
100 W. Church St, Room 203
Ozark, MO 65721
(417) 582-4379 (facsimile)
WE DEMAND a sentence of four years and a fine of $10,000!
By signing this petition, you do as well. Thank you on behalf of this poor, helpless kitten. Together we can stop animal abuse with tough consequences and public outrage
January 5, 2018
KYLE W. WILLIAMS, d/o/b 3-21-1999, of Branson, and JORDAN M. HALL, d/o/b 7-13-1998, of Branson, both pleaded guilty to felonies on Friday, January 5, 2018, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, stemming from a 2017 Facebook post showing the teens torturing a kitten by dragging it behind a motor vehicle. Christian County Circuit Judge Jennifer Growcock accepted Williams’ plea of guilty to the class E felony of animal abuse and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action, and Hall’s guilty plea to the class E felony of animal abuse. Judge Growcock ordered a sentencing assessment report for each defendant. Hall’s sentencing is set for February 23, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. and Williams’ sentencing is set for March 2, 2018 @ 1:30 P.M.
Two Branson teens pleaded guilty to felony animal abuse charges Friday. The charges stem from a 2017 Facebook post showing the teens torturing a kitten by dragging it behind a motor vehicle.
The kitten was not dead after being dragged behind the motor vehicle, so Williams ultimately killed it. CLICK FOR DETAILS
Court documents indicate the cat was tied to the back of a Jeep and dragged to its death. A photo circulating online appears to depict Kyle Williams, 18, mugging for the camera next to the mutilated animal.
Branson police were flooded with phone calls and Facebook tips, city spokeswoman Jennifer Langford told the News-Leader.
"Dispatch received over 100 calls, 10 crime tips submitted through our website, and hundreds of FB messenger submissions," Langford said in an email.
A horde of persistent tipsters from across the country worked together to track down Williams. They documented their work and took credit when they learned Williams had been arrested.
The online pursuit started after a photo was posted to Facebook appearing to depict Williams posing next to a dead kitten. In the photo, the cat appears bloodstained and has one eye popping out of its head. A noose is visible around its neck.
"Try to guess how I killed my cat, bet you can't," was the caption on the photo attributed to Williams on the secret Facebook group "Cellulites: Salvation."
People were outraged, including members of the group (some of whom call themselves "cells").
Word spread through posts like one by Ryan Mayne, a music teacher in Omaha. Mayne's post from early Sunday morning was shared about 7,800 times by Tuesday afternoon and featured more than 1,400 comments.
It also included a screen capture of the original photo with the caption edited to say "order me a pizza and I will post video of (the cat's) death."
Mayne, a former member who still knows people in the group, said it's not uncommon for posters to edit captions in the group, which he said had more than 40,000 members. The group traffics in "sort of offensive humor within certain morals," Mayne said.
For instance, "you can't do child porn or animal cruelty," he said.
A separate post on the text storage site Pastebin shows how internet activists conducted their own investigation.
Killing the cat
According to a probable cause statement, Williams tied a rope around a cat's neck and tied it to the back of a Jeep.
The News-Leader has reviewed footage that has been shared across the internet. Branson police did not confirm the authenticity of the video when asked by the News-Leader.
The video shows a gold Jeep accelerating while people laugh and watch the kitten's plight, with one person filming the incident from the trunk.
The kitten's tiny legs couldn't keep up with the SUV, and after being dragged for several laps, the little animal lay dead on the asphalt.
Police say the incident was filmed by one of Williams' friends and, in the video, multiple individuals can be heard laughing while the cat fights to keep its footing.
"Dude, kill his ass," one person says in the video after the cat appears to lose strength and start bleeding.
At one point, the vehicle stops, and the people behind the camera discuss the "semi-alive" kitten's vitality and whether to "slam (the cat) into the ground, kill him."
"Should we put him out of his misery?" one person asks.
In response, the vehicle speeds up and the laughs start again.
Later in the video, the SUV stops and starts once more. A person in the trunk can be seen jerking on the rope so the kitten goes airborne and bounces off the pavement.
The kitten was in bad shape at the end of the video. Before the camera cuts off, one person continues jerking the rope to move the dying cat's head up and down like a macabre marionette.
"Shake your head for me if you're dead," the person says.
The class E felony of animal abuse carries a maximum penalty of up to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.00.
*credit Springfield News-Leader
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