OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ A Wichita man who killed his girlfriend's
dog and then hid the body in the ceiling of her home will spend at
least 120 days in jail.
A Johnson County judge has ruled that 21-year-old Mathew John
Hodges also must pay restitution, undergo a mental evaluation and
perform 50 hours of community service for the July 2007 incident.
Hodges was at his girlfriend's home when he saw Duchess the
family dog trounce a kitten in the family's finished basement,
where he was going to bed. He got mad and killed the dog, then
stuffed it up behind ceiling tiles.
The family found the dead dog days later.
Hodges was given the maximum one-year sentence, but will have to
serve only 120 days and be on probation for a year.
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