An 18-year-old hunter from Deckerville has entered a plea in Sanilac County Circuit Court in connection with the shooting of a domesticated cat last October.
Jeffrey Stone is charged with killing-torturing animals, a felony, and malicious destruction of property over $200, a misdemeanor.
The charges stemmed from an incident on Oct. 21 when the 18-yearold allegedly shot a cat with an arrow while hunting in the area of North Sandusky and Downington roads.
According to Sanilac County Undersheriff Brad Roff, the cat was shot after bothering Stone several times while he was hunting deer. The wounded animal was able to return to its home. The owners took the cat to a veterinarian where it was euthanized, according to Roff.
During last week’s final pretrial hearing in circuit court, Stone agreed to plead guilty to the felony and the misdemeanor. In accordance with the plea bargain agreement with the prosecutor’s office, the acceptance of the guilty plea to the felony was deferred by the court pending successful completion of probation. If he completes the terms of probation the felony will be dismissed.
Stone will be sentenced on the misdemeanor March 20.