Tennessee man sentenced in killings of kittens

Tennessee man sentenced in killings of kittens

July 21st, 2011 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local - Breaking News

Aaron Kunak, 22, above, listens to the judge before his case was postponed to May 9. PHOTO BY AMY SMOTHERMAN-BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL

A Sevierville man who police say brutally killed four 2-day-old kittens was sentenced to 6½ months in jail this week after pleading guilty to four counts of animal cruelty.

Aaron Kunak, 22, received credit for the time he served in the Sevier County Jail while awaiting his court date, but must also finish out a four-year probation sentence for the April 2010 incident in which he and three other people - including two juveniles - committed the crimes.

During Kunak's sentencing hearing Tuesday, Sevier County Circuit Court Judge Richard Vance also ordered a mental evaluation and prohibited Kunak from having pets, authorities said.

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