MSPCA Officer Nanci Bonito investigated the death of a cat with a fractured skull. Over the course of her investigation, potential witnesses provided varying versions of the fateful night to Officer Bonito, with some claims that a dog had attacked the cat in question. The defendant maintained that his friend's dog attacked the cat, but he admitted to stamping on the cat "to put it out of its misery." Autopsy findings were consistent with the defendant's admission.
The defendant entered into a plea bargain, in which he agreed to serve one year of supervised probation, not obtain any new animals during probation, submit to random inspections, and pay restitution to the owner of the cat.