Cat Killer Gets Jail Time Thanks to DNA Evidence
Madea was killed in Brooklin NY in December of 2009. Lordtyshon Garrett, a relative of Madea’s petmom, was sentenced today for animal cruelty and given 6 months out of a possible 2 years, thanks to DNA evidence that linked the man to the cat. Though it does not seem like a severe punishment, it is a step in the right direction toward considering the lives and welfare of companion animals as having value. The fact that the case was properly investigated and DNA evidence taken is another positive sign that the legal system in some places is beginning to take such cases seriously .
According to Lordtyshon Garrett’s mother in law Deborahender, Garrett and her daughter were staying with her and he attacked Madea in retaliation when she told him to “find a job and move out”.
Out of consideration for many readers, we will not describe the crime. For details on the incident, should you choose to read them, click here for a 2009 post at the ASPCA’s website, ASPCA Blog Post, 2009: DNA Links Brooklyn Man to Cat’s Beating .
Rather than pleading, Garret was convicted of the crime. Many animal cruelty cases where there is DNA evidence end up in pleas, but not this one; it got the conviction. Prosecuters asked for the full two years jail time but Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dineen Riviezzo took the soft approach by accepting the argument that Garrett did not intend to kill Madea, who died, nonetheless, after a mercy euthenization. Garrett is quoted as saying the incident was a misunderstanding.
In addition to the 6 months in jail, Garrett was given 5 years probation. He is also instructed to undergo anger management training, and drug and alcohol counseling, and perform 20 days of community service.
RIP, Madea kitty, who, through no fault of her own, fell victim to violence.