According to Monday's KRDO News, a judge has denied the plea agreement of a Pueblo, Colo., man who is accused of torturing and killing a kitten.
Thanks to the decision of District Judge Victor Reyes, 25-year-old Robert Heckmann will have to face a jury in a trial which will determine his fate.
Heckmann is charged with aggravated animal cruelty for allegedly trying to strangle, and drown, a 12-week-old kitten named "Loki."
Loki did not survive the torture - his body was discovered in a garbage can on Jan. 19.
Disturbing texts from Heckmann, to his now ex-girlfriend, were sent after Loki died. One text read:
"I feel like a (expletive) sick person… You feel euphoric and just don't care what else is going on. A huge natural high. That's why killing is addictive. I haven't had that high in so long, and I'm pissed it's already over."
Had the judge accepted Heckmann's plea agreement, the maximum time he would have spent behind bars was 90 days. Now, if a jury finds him guilty, he could spend 18 months in prison.
A Justice for Loki Facebook page, which demands for harsh punishment for Loki's abuse and death, currently has over 4,500 supporters.
Heckmann will be heading to trial in June.
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