3 SW Wash. teens sentenced in cat shootings

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- Three Clark County, Wash., teens have been sentenced in the shooting of dozens of cats and other animals.

Two defendants, 17-year-old Jaren Koistinen and 16-year-old Mitchell Kangas, were sentenced Tuesday to more than a year in a state juvenile institution. A third person, 17-year-old Riley Munger, will spend 30 days in juvenile detention. All are from the Battle Ground area.

The Columbian reports (http://bit.ly/q049pN) that each must also perform 100 hours of community service.

A prosecutor sought a sentence of more than two years for Koistinen and Kangas but Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick went with a lower penalty, saying, "I think they're youth."

Kangas and Koistinen pleaded guilty Sept. 14 to 12 counts of first-degree animal cruelty and drive-by shooting in a three-month spree earlier this year. Munger pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty. He says he participated in just one night's shooting.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com