You may recall the initial story surfacing around Thanksgiving of 2020. Well, a split jury has found the defendant guilty on charges of animal cruelty.

According to WABI TV 5, 44-year-old Ryan Carleton was not found guilty on the felony count of aggravated cruelty, however he was found guilty on the misdemeanor charge. Last Thanksgiving Carleton's father had made a report to authorities that his son Ryan was at his house and had been 'acting aggressively'.

Police arrived on scene shortly after the complaint was made and were able to take Carleton into custody. Following his arrest, Carleton's father discovered his kitten, Princess, deceased in his son's bedroom. Princess was only a few weeks old.

An apparent witness to the situation, Carleton admitted to killing the cat with a frying pan because the kitten 'attacked him'. In a pre-written statement delivered by Carleton's court-appointed council,

”He asked that his righteous anger should be recognized as that of a man who feels wrongfully accused, and is thusly showing his contempt for condemnation of his matters. A man driven to the brink, your Honor, by injustices he never thought he’d see heaped upon any white man, much less himself. Those are his words, judge,”.

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