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Second man sentenced in kitten killing

July 21st, 2011 9:45 am by Staff Report

SEVIERVILLE (AP) — A second man charged in the killing of four kittens has been sentenced in Sevierville.

Aaron Kunak was handed 6 ½ months of jail time as part of a four-year sentence on Tuesday on his guilty plea to four counts of animal cruelty. The 22-year-old Kunak will get credit for the time he was in jail awaiting his court date, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel.

A mental evaluation was ordered for Kunak and he was barred from having pets.

Kunak's adult co-defendant, 21-year-old Christopher Schneider, received the same punishment June 28. The other two defendants were juveniles.

Authorities said the four burned one kitten alive and struck another like it was a baseball.

Police began investigating when cell phone video of the crime began circulating last year.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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