Teen sentenced in animal torture case

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


STANTON, Neb. (AP)  The third of four northeast Nebraska teenagers accused of torturing a cat and an opossum has been sentenced.

On Tuesday in Stanton County Juvenile Court the boy was given a year of probation and 50 hours of community service, similar punishments handed two of the other boys. The fourth boy’s case is pending.

Authorities say the boys made an audio recording of the cat being tortured. Only two of the four participated in both incidents last fall.

An adult also has been charged: Kirk Van Pelt, a Stanton school board member and a former sheriff’s deputy. Van Pelt has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child. His next hearing is set for March 22.