3 SW Wash. teens sentenced in cat shootings
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
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.
Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com