Idaho man gets prison for killing zoo monkey
An Idaho man convicted of breaking into a Boise zoo and brutally beating to death a Patas monkey will spend up to a year in state prison, where he'll take part in a treatment program.
A state judge sentenced 22-year-old Michael Watkins on Thursday for his role in the Nov. 17 crime that caused shock and outrage in Idaho's capital city and beyond.
Watkins gave a brief statement before sentencing, apologizing for his actions.
Fourth District Judge Lynn G. Norton rejected defense attorney requests for probation. Instead, Norton said she wanted to impose a punishment fitting the crime that still enables Watkins to turn his life around.
Watkins was convicted of felony grand theft and animal cruelty, a misdemeanor in Idaho.
Norton sentenced him to seven years in prison for the grand theft, making the first two years fixed, and the maximum six months for animal cruelty.
The judge will revisit sentencing after Watkins completes treatment.
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