Angelo Monderoy, 18, and Matthew Cooper, 17, are looking at serious time for the horrific act of burning a cat named Scruffy with lighter fluid. The potential twenty-five year sentence is a rarity since most such cases fall under relatively light criminal penalties, but the property counts appear to have magnified the sentence.
The teens allegedly broke into a vacant apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y., and proceeded to burn the cat. The resulting fire caught parts of the building on fire (which was partially occupied). The cat had to be put down and the ASPCA offered a reward for the culprits.
They are charged with second-degree arson, second-degree burglary and aggravated animal cruelty. Cooper also faces charges in another case (involving the same building) when he allegedly broke in and beat a sleeping tenant with a cane while they demanded money.
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