Two Las Vegas 16 year olds charged under a new felony animal abuse law were sentenced today for the thrill killing drowning deaths of two newborn kittens last month.
The two youths were seen by a next door neighbor as they drowned two helpless kittens in a glass of water and laughed about it. Christine Ohm confronted the teens and spoke out publicly on the case and her desire for justice for the innocent babies killed in the depraved act. Christine spoke out despite some threats and the knowledge that she would have to live near the perpetrators’ families and possibly suffer retribution.
The police investigated and the court took the stance that the crimes would be taken seriously.
For those who have not followed the case, video from June of this year tells the story.
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The teens were taken into custody at a hearing and were jailed for 20 days before they appeared at a sentencing hearing today after they each made a plea deal. Each admitted to one count of felony animal cruelty and in exchange had their other charges dropped. The case was handled in juvenile court, which may have contributed to the non-punitive sentences handed down.
They were given 30 days in custody, with credit for time served, leaving them each with another 10 days in custody. They will be under house arrest under their parents’ supervision until school starts, and will be on parole supervision for the next 12 months.
During their supervision over the next year, they will be monitored by GPS, will be subject to random drug tests and mandatory counseling, and are forbidden to access weapons or have driver’s licenses or use social media. They are each sentenced to 200 hours of community service and will be required to serve part of that time working with Clark County Animal Control. They are also required to write letters of apology to an animal welfare organization.
The two cohorts are not to have contact with one another or any witnesses in the case (the latter presumably to ensure the safety of Ms. Ohm). The judge further ordered the pair to be monitored until they are 21 years old.
After all is said and done, there is no real jail time, but a lot of small punishments and minor inconveniences.
The pair wantonly killed tiny newborn creatures, laughed about it, joked about potentially killing the stray Mama cat, were threatening, and received a slap on the wrist in juvenile court. This is most likely not the outcome desired by animal advocates who helped get the case prosecuted as a felony using the new one strike law, and those advocates who protested outside of the courthouse in hopes of seeing justice served.
The killers’ names have been protected throughout the course of the news cycle and the case because of their ages.