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Judge hears case against juveniles accused of killing kittens

(Elizabeth Donatelli | MyNews3.com)
(Elizabeth Donatelli | MyNews3.com)
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Updated: 10/30/2012 10:52 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) –The case of two young boys went before a judge Tuesday.

The 11-year-olds are each facing seven felonies after being accused of killing a litter of kittens with stones as they were being born. Now the judge says he'll wait on psychiatric evaluations.

News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli was inside the courtroom, but also tells us what was happening on the outside.

“We're just sending a message that this is not acceptable and we're not going to stand for it,” said Carla Pipitone, of Happy Home Animal Sanctuary.

More than a dozen people held signs outside the family courthouse. Making it known that they want a harsh penalty.

But here's the thing—the two facing charges aren't even teenagers.

When asked if 11-year-olds facing punishment was extreme, Stacia Newman of Nevada Political Action for Animals said, “My answer to that would be it's almost critical that they get the maximum penalty because they are 11 years old. Where are they going to be from 11 to 18 years old?

Newman was inside the courtroom, but the accused were only represented by their attorneys.

Newman said the judge required further psychological evaluation on both the boy.

“I think that's a step in the right direction,” she said.

Even though the accused are just 11 legally they could face time in juvenile detention.

Neman said the two should face jail time.

“I think that when people choose their behavior, they're also choosing the consequences, she said.”

This case is continued to Nov. 13--that's a plea hearing and that's when we should find out if this case goes to trial or not.

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