Kitten killer takes plea deal


Jesus Calderon-Franco initially denied killing the kitten but pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges of felony animal abuse and accepted a plea deal of up to 16 months in prison, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The kitten, named "Pucci," belonged to the 4-year-old daughter of Calderon-Franco's roommate. Calderon-Franco reportedly killed the cat because he was angry the girl had drawn on the bathroom door, Wagstaffe said.

The roommate and his daughter were out shopping on Nov. 30 when Calderon-Franco became angry about the drawings, Wagstaffe said. The roommate's brother was at the apartment at the time and allegedly witnessed Calderon-Franco grab "Pucci" by the neck and throw the kitten off the second-story balcony, according to Wagstaffe.

He then shouted he was going to kill the animal, walked outside to where the kitten was and stomped on it, Wagstaffe said.

The roommate's brother called the roommate, who returned home and confronted Calderon-Franco. He denied attacking the animal, Wagstaffe said.

But the roommate saw blood on the sidewalk and found his daughter's kitten dead in a nearby trashcan, according to Wagstaffe.

A necropsy indicated the kitten had died from multiple fractures to the body, Wagstaffe said.

Calderon-Franco is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 28. He remains in custody in lieu of $20,000 bail, according to Wagstaffe.

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