US man gets prison for killing zoo monkey

Last Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 08:12

Boise (US): A man convicted of breaking into a zoo and brutally beating to death a Patas monkey will spend up to a year in prison, where he`ll take part in a treatment program.

A judge sentenced 22-year-old Michael Watkins on Thursday for his role in the November 17 crime at the Boise Zoo in western Idaho state.

Watkins gave a brief statement before sentencing, apologising for his actions.

Fourth District Judge Lynn G Norton rejected defence attorney requests for probation. Instead, Norton said she wanted to impose a punishment fitting the crime that still enables Watkins to turn his life around.

Watkins was convicted of felony grand theft and animal cruelty, a misdemeanour in Idaho.

The judge will revisit sentencing after Watkins completes treatment.


First Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 08:12

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