Kitten killer sentenced

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Warren man charged with killing a kitten in a fit of rage pleaded no contest in court on Tuesday.

Warren Municipal Court Judge Terry Ivanchek immediately sentenced Jaycen L. Leapline, 34, of 158 Ohio Ave. N.W. to 60 days in jail for beating a kitten against a bedroom wall and throwing it out of a second-story window.

Leapline was originally sentenced to 180 days in jail, but 120 days were suspended.

Police reports said Pamela Calkins, 31, told police she argued with Leapline before he killed the kitten, which belonged to Calkin’s 12-year-old daughter.

Calkins told police Leapline beat the cat against the walls, causing blood to be splattered on the girl’s bedroom walls, ceiling, bed sheets, window frame and window screen, reports said.

Leapline fled the house after cleaning the blood off the ceiling, reports said. Calkins told police her boyfriend “has a drinking problem.”

The couple has since reunited and Calkin’s daughter has another cat, despite the fact that Leapline is not allowed to have an animal.

Judge Ivanchek did not want to remove the girl’s cat, so he warned Leapline that “nothing better happen to that cat or you’ll be the first one I drag in here.”

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