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CU student accused of killing raccoon pleads guilty, given deferred sentence

(Photo: Boulder Police)

(Photo: Boulder Police)

BOULDER, Colo. — A University of Colorado-Boulder student accused of killing a raccoon so he could take its hide pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges Monday.

Jace Robert Griffiths, 20, received a three-month deferred sentence Monday after he pleaded guilty to killing a raccoon with a bat last year, according to Boulder’s Daily Camera.

Upon completion of his three-month sentence, Griffiths’ guilty plea will be rescinded and the charges erased from his record, reported the newspaper.

On March 5, the Boulder City Attorney’s office formally filed charges against the 20-year-old, including subjecting animals to unnecessary suffering, killing wild animals prohibited and littering, said Boulder city prosecutor Janet Michaels.

Griffiths had told police the raccoon was not threatening his life when he killed it and, while he “regretted hitting it,” he decided to keep the hide of the animal and get rid of the remains in a dumpster.