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TEENS PLEAD GUILTY TO FELONY ANIMAL ABUSE POSTED ON FACEBOOK

January 5, 2018

KYLE W. WILLIAMS, d/o/b 3-21-1999, of Branson, and JORDAN M. HALL, d/o/b 7-13-1998, of Branson, both pleaded guilty to felonies on Friday, January 5, 2018, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, stemming from a 2017 Facebook post showing the teens torturing a kitten by dragging it behind a motor vehicle. Christian County Circuit Judge Jennifer Growcock accepted Williams’ plea of guilty to the class E felony of animal abuse and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action, and Hall’s guilty plea to the class E felony of animal abuse. Judge Growcock ordered a sentencing assessment report for each defendant. Hall’s sentencing is set for February 23, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. and Williams’ sentencing is set for March 2, 2018 @ 1:30 P.M.

The crimes were recorded around June 1, 2017, which Williams posted on Facebook in an effort to get his audience to buy him pizza. The kitten was not dead after being dragged behind the motor vehicle, so Williams ultimately killed the kitten.

Both Williams and Hall pleaded guilty with no agreement as to what sentence each may receive, though Hall did plead guilty in exchange for the dismissal of one count of armed criminal action. Because the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office made no plea agreement with the men regarding their respective sentences, both Williams and Hall face maximum possible sentences. Williams also faces potential consecutive sentences. Williams remains in custody pending sentencing, while Hall remains free on bond.

The class E felony of animal abuse carries a maximum penalty of up to four (4) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.00. The unclassified felony of armed criminal action carries a minimum sentence of three (3) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and no maximum sentence.

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