Strange Crime Stories Below - See right column for new True Crime Stories updated 24 hours a day

Friday, May 17, 2013

Idaho man sentenced to seven years for killing zoo monkey

(Reuters) - An Idaho man who admitted to breaking into a Boise zoo last year and killing a monkey was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday, court records show.

Michael Watkins, 22, of Weiser, Idaho, in March pleaded guilty to attempted grand theft, a felony, and misdemeanor animal cruelty stemming from the break-in and beating death of the monkey at Zoo Boise in November.

The primate was one of the zoo's two Patas monkeys, ground-dwelling animals from Africa that stand more than 2 feet tall and weigh about 35 pounds. They are rare in zoos but not endangered in the wild.  More

Nutty News Today – Nutty News Videos – Todays Nutty Joke – Nutty Facts - Nutty Politics