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Sunday, Jan 6, 2002County: Benton
Defendant/Suspect: Thomas J. Jackson
Thomas J. Jackson, 41, of Kennewick was convicted on May 8 of beating a cat to death with a shovel and then throwing the body over the fence toward the 12-year old neighbor.
Jackson was found guilty of first-degree animal cruelty, a felony. The jury deliberated about five hours.
The cat was killed on January 6 and then thrown over the fence toward his young neighbor and her mother.
Vickie Levine said she was in her backyard when whe heard the sounds of an animal screaming over a few minutes. When she and her daugher approached Jackson, they saw him hitting the cat.
Jackson told them he had already killed six cats and wouldn't hestitate to kill more if they came into his yard.
In a phone call to the Tri-City Herald Jackson claimed dogs had attacked the cat and he put the cat out of its misery.
Jackson faces up to 12 months in jail. Deputy Prosecutor Sharon Swanson said she plans to ask for six months.
- Tri-City Herald, Kennewick WA - May 9, 2002
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