Mason City man who threw kitten against wall makes plea deal

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Mason City, Iowa (AP) – A Mason City man accused of fatally throwing a kitten against a wall has made a deal with prosecutors.

Online court records say 28-year-old Jerrick Rinnels pleaded guilty last week to animal neglect causing death or injury. Prosecutors lowered the original charge of animal abuse in return for Rinnels’ plea.

Police say Rinnels and another resident in a Mason City house were arguing early May 27 when Rinnels grabbed the kitten from the resident and threw it against the wall. The kitten died before it could be taken to a veterinarian.

Rinnels’ sentence includes 65 days in jail and a $315 fine.

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