by Sam Clanton
FORSYTH, Mo. – Two Branson teenagers accused of torturing a kitten and posting the video to Facebook plead guilty to felony charges in Taney County Circuit Court.
During court appearances today (Friday), 18-year-old Kyle Williams pleaded guilty to animal abuse and armed criminal action, and 19-year-old Jordan Hall pleaded guilty to animal abuse.
Last June Williams posted a video of him dragging a kitten behind a vehicle while he tried to “get his audience to buy him pizza,” according to a release from Prosecutor Jeff Merrell, who says Williams ultimately killed the kitten.
Williams remains jailed in Forsyth and awaits sentencing on March 2nd, while Hall is free on bond and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 23rd.
Hall pleaded guilty in exchange for the dismissal of one count of armed criminal action, according to Merrell.
Williams and Hall are facing up to four years in prison for animal abuse and/or a fine of up to 10-thousand dollars. Williams also faces a minimum of three years for armed criminal action.
In a separate case, Williams is charged with possession of a weapon at the county jail, after officers reportedly found him with a sharpened spoon-fork back in July.