By HOWARD BALABAN
Medina Journal-Register — An Orleans County judge on Monday sentenced Richard Keihl, Jr. to the maximum allowable sentence for his crimes.
Keihl will serve two years at a New York State Correctional Facility for aggravated cruelty to animals. He will also serve a concurrent sentence of one year for endangering the welfare of a child.
The 31-year-old Yates man’s sentence came from being found guilty of kicking a three-month-old kitten in an incident in late May of 2012.
Orleans County District Attorney Joe Cardone said the county “fortunately does not have a lot of animal cruelty cases.”
Keihl, who was found guilty of the charges last month, kicked the kitten twice, both times in front of an 11-year-old girl.
Cardone said those circumstances — “the total disregard for they young kid, and the brutal way in which he kicked the kitten” — made the case unique.
He added that while the county may not get too many animal cruelty cases, when it does they are taken quite seriously.
With Keihl, Cardone said he pushed for the maximum because of two things.
“First, the nature of the crime,” he said. “And second, it takes a different kind of person to do something like that.”
He added that there was “no question” in his mind that the judge took Keihl’s prior criminal history into account when he pronounced sentencing. Cardone offered no comment on that history, however, citing office policy.