A 23-year-old Wilkes-Barre, Pa., man who threw a sealed box of ferrets into the Susquehanna River has been handed an eye-popping prison sentence.
According to the Associated Press and the Citizens Voice newspaper, Michael A. Craige, 23, was sentenced Tuesday to spend 30 to 72 months in state prison after pleading guilty to four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, as well as unrelated charges of perjury, criminal mischief and simple assault.
Craige was seen putting four pet ferrets into a box and taping it shut at his home on July 27, 2015. He then threw the box into the river from the Black Diamond Bridge, despite a witness’s efforts to stop him, according to media accounts of the case.
Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas sentenced Craige to nine months to two years in prison for killing the ferrets. The judge also ordered $200 in restitution to the pets’ owner, and Craige is barred from adopting any more pets.
The balance of Craige’s prison sentence was related to guilty pleas in three other cases, including on charges that he beat a woman up after following her home from a bar and for crashing a car he took without permission.
Craige also admitted he perjured himself earlier this year when he appeared before a judge on a bench warrant and lied about his sister being terminally ill.
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