Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Sing Sing guard gets year in jail for killing 5 kittens
News Radio 88 ^ | 3/22/02

Posted on 03/22/2002 9:49:10 AM PST by areafiftyone

White Plains, New York-AP) -- A former prison guard who killed five kittens in a trash compactor at Sing Sing has been sentenced to a year in jail. A judge said the crime was ``so offensive and so calculated and so gratuitously cruel it diminishes the humanity of everybody.''

Forty-eight-year-old Ronald Hunlock had been convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals. Last March he found an inmate with contraband at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining. He then searched the inmate's cell, found five newborn kittens and their mother and told the inmate to put them in the compactor. The inmate refused, so Hunlock did it himself.

The mother cat escaped but the kittens were crushed. Defense attorney Daniel Gallivan had asked the judge not to impose jail time, and said Hunlock thought the cats were ill and had no other recourse.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS:
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-215 next last
The Inmate was more humane than the prison guard!
1 posted on 03/22/2002 9:49:10 AM PST by areafiftyone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
So true. What an animal. (I wonder what the inmate was in for?)
2 posted on 03/22/2002 9:53:00 AM PST by cactmh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
You know, if saw something like this in a movie like "the Shawshank Redemption" or "the Green Mile," I'd shake my head and silently mock the creators for coming up with something this over the top.

I guess I owe Stephen King, et al, an advance apology.

You have to wonder how this guard disciplines his kids at home.

3 posted on 03/22/2002 9:54:35 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Technically he should be charged for theft of another's property. Unless of course the cats did not really belong to the inmate and ownership cannot be assigned to anyone. In which case the guard can claim them as his own and as his property he can do what he wishes with them.

In any event I think 1 year is pretty excessive. Restitution in cases of theft of this type works better.

Pretty poor way of disposing of excess property but you can't expect everyone to be good stewards.

God Save America (Please)

4 posted on 03/22/2002 9:55:55 AM PST by John O
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
had no other recourse.

Of course he had other options...one telephone call and someone would have come to pick the cat and kittens up...he was probably trying to cover his lapse that allowed the inmate access to the cat in the first place. Destroy the evidence.

5 posted on 03/22/2002 9:55:57 AM PST by lsee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
I just went through this on another thread, except is was a women starving dogs to death.

Urrgggg. Even more mad now.

What gives with people wanting to hurt animals? I just don't get it.

6 posted on 03/22/2002 10:01:54 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
As a cat owner who was sickened by this story when I saw it ... this has nothing to do with prisoners' rights, it has to do with abject cruelty and a lack of common decency and humanity ... I think the best way to deal with this cretin would be to strap him down in a room and smear him with catnip, female cat essence and sardine paste and turn loose a couple dozen horny and hungry felines, preferably the variety that lives in alleys. That would be fitting justice.
7 posted on 03/22/2002 10:02:05 AM PST by GB
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
``so offensive and so calculated and so gratuitously cruel it diminishes the humanity of everybody.''

Give me a break! Yeah, it might have been cruel, but to send the guy up for a year when thousands of baby killers get off scott free shows the pathetic moral climate of our society.

Wake up folks! It was a litter of kittens, not someone's child.

8 posted on 03/22/2002 10:02:47 AM PST by Sangamon Kid
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: John O
He wasn't charged with a property crime, idiot, he was charged with cruelty to animals. I guess you figure there is no such thing. Glad not to know you.
9 posted on 03/22/2002 10:04:40 AM PST by SarahW
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

Comment #10 Removed by Moderator

To: GB

PEOPLE ARE SICK, SICK, SICK.

11 posted on 03/22/2002 10:05:46 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Sangamon Kid
I think he probably would have gotten more than a year if he'd dropped the inmate's sick baby into a trash compactor. Geez, aren't you the same guy who said it was cruel baby killing to prevent implantation of a fertilized egg, a creature lacking the brain, heart, and nerve-endings of a kitten? If that act is cruelty, this certainly is.
12 posted on 03/22/2002 10:09:20 AM PST by SarahW
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Sangamon Kid
Wake up, Sangamon. It was wanton cruelty.
13 posted on 03/22/2002 10:09:24 AM PST by Savage Beast
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: GB
I was sent this little cutie via email from a friend. I have had him as my Wallpaper at work. He's now on my FR Profile Page.
14 posted on 03/22/2002 10:09:53 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: GB
"I think the best way to deal with this cretin would be to strap him down in a room and smear him with catnip, female cat essence and sardine paste and turn loose a couple dozen horny and hungry felines, preferably the variety that lives in alleys. That would be fitting justice. "

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! You should be a judge. Thats some creative sentencing.

15 posted on 03/22/2002 10:11:13 AM PST by monday
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Sounds like more confirmation for G. Gordon Liddy's opinion of prison guards.
16 posted on 03/22/2002 10:11:44 AM PST by steve-b
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Too bad the guard didn't rape some poor 16 year old girl....he would have only recieved probabtion.
17 posted on 03/22/2002 10:13:02 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: John O
Actually, in addition to the aggrivated cruelty of animals, he should have been charged with making a terroristic threat -- this depraved act was obviously meant to convey a willingness to kill anyone and anything on the slightest provocation.
18 posted on 03/22/2002 10:14:38 AM PST by steve-b
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
After having just gone through an orientation for prison staff I can understand a little why this happened. You are trained to not trust the prisoners. If you let down your guard you and others might die. Not all prisoners are rational people and you would become very "hard" if you are doing your job right in prison with lifers. Many prisoners are playing games and they have a lot of time to think of games to play. Would be tough to balance this hardness with humaness.

On the other hand, some prisoners are changing. ANOTHER CASE WHERE WE ARE MISSING A LOT OF INFORMATION ON THE STORY.....but it doesn't stop us from making assumptions and comments.

I attended as a part of INNERCHANGE FREEDOM INITIATIVE (a part of chuck colsen's ministry). We are encouraged to form relationship with the prisoners but needed to understand why the guards acted the way the do.

19 posted on 03/22/2002 10:16:18 AM PST by mutchdutch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
This reminded me of when I worked at the State Hospital here. One day when I took my patients fishing,we found a little fawn who had gotten stuck in the mud on the bank, and was very dehydrated from trying to struggle free.
We extricated the fawn, wrapped it in a blanket, and spirited it back into the ward..the patients cleaned it up, the head nurse pretended she didn't notice anything unusual, and I called a local vet who picked it up for us to try to nurse it back to health.
20 posted on 03/22/2002 10:18:30 AM PST by sockmonkey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
The only bad thing about this is that animal life seems to be respected more thatn human life. The thug in Seattle who killed a person in the Mardi Gras celebration only got 15 years. I am a cat lover, but I would hope that we prosecute violence against humans with the same outrage.
21 posted on 03/22/2002 10:19:14 AM PST by Hacksaw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SarahW
Geez, aren't you the same guy who said it was cruel baby killing to prevent implantation of a fertilized egg, a creature lacking the brain, heart, and nerve-endings of a kitten? If that act is cruelty, this certainly is.

Not sure if you're specifically accusing me of having said that or not, or just making a general statement. You'll have to clear that one up.

Is the use of the word "creature" a Freudian slip? I think it reveals what you might really think about the abortion issue.

22 posted on 03/22/2002 10:21:52 AM PST by Sangamon Kid
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Savage Beast
You wake up! Reread my original post. I never said it wasn't a case of cruelty.
23 posted on 03/22/2002 10:23:30 AM PST by Sangamon Kid
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Sangamon Kid
Wake up folks! It was a litter of kittens, not someone's child.

Are you standing in for Tabitha Soren?
24 posted on 03/22/2002 10:25:28 AM PST by Dimensio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
I hate cats, and I think PETA members taste just like chicken (if you cook them up right) , but the guard clearly should have behaved differently. This was pointlessly cruel. If the kittens were ill there must have been a better way to have them destroyed than that. He clearly deserves punishment.
25 posted on 03/22/2002 10:26:15 AM PST by tcostell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sangamon Kid
Just becuase justice is not done elsewhere does not mean it should not be applied here.

One year for this crime seems reasonable to me.
26 posted on 03/22/2002 10:28:03 AM PST by jerrymdss
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
``so offensive and so calculated and so gratuitously cruel it diminishes the humanity of everybody.''

Wait a minute. What did the guard do to encroach on his responsabilities? I don't get it. Gees, the guy may have been better off passing drugs to prisoners.

27 posted on 03/22/2002 10:29:30 AM PST by lavaroise
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: John O
Animal abuse is criminalized in the state of New York, as it should be everywhere. There is actually an ASPCA unit in the NYPD with radio cars, uniforms and even guns.
28 posted on 03/22/2002 10:29:57 AM PST by CasearianDaoist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Dimensio
Are you standing in for Tabitha Soren?

Yes, unfortunately she got tossed into the same compactor by those who think humans and animals have equal value.

29 posted on 03/22/2002 10:31:29 AM PST by Sangamon Kid
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
The Inmate was more humane than the prison guard!

Truly. My hopes for the guard's year in prison are best not written here....

30 posted on 03/22/2002 10:31:43 AM PST by neutrino
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Psycho_Bunny
Dear Psycho_Bunny,

Your name fits you well -- since when does an adult criminal convicted of rape of a 16-year old girl receive probaton?
31 posted on 03/22/2002 10:31:50 AM PST by jerrymdss
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: John O
Restitution in cases of theft of this type works better.

Very well. If and when he can bring those kittens back to life, I'll consider that option.

32 posted on 03/22/2002 10:32:37 AM PST by neutrino
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MotleyGirl70
What gives with people wanting to hurt animals?

You don't get it because you're probably too much of a sweetheart to get it. IMHO, (I not being much of a sweetheart, or at least being acquainted with being an @$$hole) people hurt animals for the same reason they hurt other people--convenience, or to refute their own weakness by exercising power over another.

33 posted on 03/22/2002 10:36:55 AM PST by Pistias
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: cactmh
Sounds like a parallel to the "Birdman of Alcatraz". I have also heard that allowing inmates to keep and train pets as a reward for good behavior has be an outstanding success in a few prisons. Prisoners will work their butts off to keep that pet healthy and fed.
34 posted on 03/22/2002 10:38:57 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: jerrymdss
Everyone seems to forget this was a government official. Government officials ought to and must be held to a higher standard of conduct than the average person, as they ought to and should be setting an example to others (especially in a prison!). That said, he deserves the harshest possible sentence in this case, because he, of all people, should be upholding the law, not breaking it.
35 posted on 03/22/2002 10:39:09 AM PST by chadmaster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Sangamon Kid
Is the use of the word "creature" a Freudian slip?

Creature in the older sense implies a created being, human, animal, or otherwise. Nowadays it carries a connotation of negativity or brutality.

36 posted on 03/22/2002 10:39:51 AM PST by Pistias
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Pistias
Yeah, and positions of petty authority attract such people, which is why they need to be carefully screened. (The accounts that have been coming out about airport security people reflect the same phenomenon, though acted out to a lesser degree because they are under more public scrutiny.)
37 posted on 03/22/2002 10:42:05 AM PST by steve-b
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Sangamon Kid
Yes, unfortunately she got tossed into the same compactor by those who think humans and animals have equal value.

Yes, those callous fiends who don't agree that a police officer who accidentally triggers a miscarriage in a drug-crazed woman (whom the officer didn't know was pregnant at the time) should be charged with FIRST DEGREE MURDER!

Personally I would think that those equating human and animal life here would be clamoring about for the death penalty for the guard in this case. I disagree, personally, as brutal torture would be more appropriate IMO.
38 posted on 03/22/2002 10:44:37 AM PST by Dimensio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Pistias
or to refute their own weakness by exercising power over another.

Exactly. This guy has probably violated a prisoner or two with a broom handle as well; no one could do this to a kitten(s) and have ANY respect for human life.

39 posted on 03/22/2002 10:45:33 AM PST by truenospinzone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: jerrymdss
Just becuase justice is not done elsewhere does not mean it should not be applied here.

The work "justice" implies that the rights of some person have been violated. Animals never did and never will have "rights". They have always been considered "property" in the eyes of the law, unless of course you're a Hindu or practicing animist. This is one of the sad but inevitable results of evolutionary thought, of which many even on Free Republic have bought into, lock, stock and barrel. The twisted thinking of our politically correct judicial system only reveals how morally corrupt we have become.

People who are cruel to animals may have some pyschological problems, but criminalizing the act of cruelty to animals is absurd, unless of course you think you're no better than the mice in your cupboard.

40 posted on 03/22/2002 10:45:45 AM PST by Sangamon Kid
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Hacksaw
Yes, but whether the object of the violence is human or animal, there is additional matter of the psychological cruelty to the human who cares for the animal or human victim. The physical victim often dies quickly, but the psychological victim is left to live with the horrible memory and feelings of guilt for not having been able to stop it. People who like to torture other people by proxy, by killing pets or people they love, have a really dangerous mental disorder. Remember the guy a few months ago who forced some of his children to beat their sibling to death? Would the siblings really have been harmed less if their father had forced them, under credible threat of fatal harm to themselves, to beat the family's loving, loyal dog to death?
41 posted on 03/22/2002 10:46:52 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: steve-b
I can see why that is, I think. People in lowly positions are there for either because they're lazy, not competent enough for higher ones, or because somewhere down the line they got royally screwed. Thus, they're resentful either of their own weakness or of their luck, and they take it out any way they can. It's a sad thing.

Actually, what prompted me to post my original comment was Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. There's a section where he mentions that the National Assembly (???)in France at the time was composed of mid- to low-level bueracrats who benefited from litigiousness in their society and were resentful to a degree, and thus they fostered the Revolution to throw property into dispute.

42 posted on 03/22/2002 10:46:56 AM PST by Pistias
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: truenospinzone
no one could do this to a kitten(s) and have ANY respect for human life

I wouldn't say that without knowing the person first-hand, but it's a strong indicator of inhumanity.

43 posted on 03/22/2002 10:48:05 AM PST by Pistias
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: John O
In which case the guard can claim them as his own and as his property he can do what he wishes with them.

No you can't. You cannot torture or cruelly kill even your own pets.

In any event I think 1 year is pretty excessive. Restitution in cases of theft of this type works better.

I am in favor of any sentence over one year, even by a day, since that falls into felony category and will prevent the person from owning a firearm legally. And this prevention is something I wish to see, inasmuch as the guard has shown a certain depraved indifference to living things and their welfare.

And it's not about theft, it's about cruelly killing animals for no good reason.

44 posted on 03/22/2002 10:48:16 AM PST by Lazamataz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: jerrymdss
One year for this crime seems reasonable to me.

He should have gotten one year for each kitten.

45 posted on 03/22/2002 10:48:53 AM PST by ST.LOUIE1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: SarahW
While cruelty to animals is a senseless waste of resources, animals are merely property. sending someone to prison for a year for killing some kittens is utterly useless.

GSA(P)

46 posted on 03/22/2002 10:51:33 AM PST by John O
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: CasearianDaoist
Animal abuse is criminalized in the state of New York, as it should be everywhere.

Animals are property. No more, no less. no matter what PETA says.

You cannot be cruel to property. (even if that behavior is repugnant and very wasteful of resources it is still just someone dealing with their own property)

GSA(P)

47 posted on 03/22/2002 10:54:24 AM PST by John O
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Lazamataz
No you can't. You cannot torture or cruelly kill even your own pets.

You can according to the constitution. Animals are property. How you deal with your property is up to you.

GSA(P)

48 posted on 03/22/2002 10:56:02 AM PST by John O
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: John O
How you deal with your property is up to you

As far as public ordinances and state laws admit, that is.

49 posted on 03/22/2002 10:58:08 AM PST by Pistias
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: Sangamon Kid
This is one of the sad but inevitable results of evolutionary thought

So you blame the theory of evolution for people believing that animal abusers should be punished?
50 posted on 03/22/2002 11:01:41 AM PST by Dimensio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-215 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson