What Crime-Appropriate Sentence Would Suit Kristen Lindsey’s Crime if Convicted?

Let’s say she was convicted. You’re the judge. What sentence would you hand down?


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If, God willing, the Animal Legal Defense Fund receive the court documents in this matter from the prosecutor and if they are able to conclude that there is a case to answer and she is duly charged, convicted and sentenced, what crime-appropriate sentence would suit her crime?

I am temped to ask because back in 2005 Judge Michael A Cicconetti (an Ohio judge), made a very nice crime-appropriate sentence which was well suited the crime of domestic animal abandonment.

The convicted defendant was 25-year-old Michelle M Murray. She had abandoned 35 kittens in two parks in Mentor, Ohio.

Park rangers knew that she was responsible because she had left identification collars on the kittens (weird).

The judge gave the convict two options for a sentence:

  1. Spend 90 days in jail or
  2. Spend 14 days in jail and spend 15 days under house arrest and donate $3,200 to the Humane Society and donate $500 to the park rangers and (here is the fun bit): spend one night alone in the woods!

The judge said to the convicted defendant:

“How would you like to be dumped off at a metro park late at night, spend the night listening to the coyotes … , listening to the raccoons around you in the dark night, and sit out there in the cold not knowing where you’re going to get your next meal, not knowing when you are going to be rescued?”

Perfect, I’d say. This particular judge is well-known for “crime appropriate sentences” and he has an imagination!

Do you have imagination with respect to Kristen Lindsey?

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Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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19 Responses

  1. Tammi says:

    Even though it is illegal, I would put her out in the woods alone and hunt her down the same way she did Tiger, again it is illegal. I am a cat lover and would hunt down anyone who ever did that to any of my cats, I believe in spaying and neutering then releasing them back where they were caught they cause no harm to society in fact they help keep the rodent population down which in turn help prevent people contracting the hauntera virus I have had a family member die from the virus.. (not sure how to spell it)

    • Michael Broad says:

      I have the same feelings. If someone hurt my cat I’d want to kill them! I’d be violent. It is seems strange that there are millions of people like you and I and yet there are also millions like Lindsey. Why is the world so divided? And why are there are so many nasty people?

  2. jan says:

    She should be made to work at a truck stop waiting tables for the rest of her CAREER!

  3. Dee (Florida) says:

    Stoned, as in biblical times and in a few places today.

  4. Serbella McGee says:

    I’m definitely the wrong one to ask about this. What I would like to see would be illegal: her own leg caught in a trap and an arrow in the head. Barring that, having her set out in the woods for a night with her leg caught in a snare and people using her as target practice with paint balls. She can have protective head gear, but nothing like that below the neck. I bet that would still sting a lot. Here again, totally illegal. No judge in his/her right mind would order that.

    Aside from losing the license, jail time and fines, the only other thing I can think of is intensive therapy, and I’m not sure that would work. She’s a vet who enjoys killing or trying to kill animals. My guess is she went into that line of work so she could have access to a steady stream of unwitting victims. Michael, I have to disagree with the idea that she should be put to work helping animals. If her attitude didn’t turn around while she did paid vet work, I seriously doubt that volunteer work is going to help her change her ways or her attitude.

    Lindsey is in a culture that encourages hurting animals: her parents, her friends and ex-co-workers. There’s something wrong with the whole lot of them, and I believe putting her in therapy wouldn’t do much good. Like Sandra says, Lindsey has to want to change, and with all the encouragement from her people and her groupies I just don’t see that happening. She’s damaged goods, a lost cause, and so are they.

  5. Ana Angelino says:

    Jailed and vet license revoked forever!

  6. Elisa says:

    We had a judge in Greenwood years ago like this. He would tell the person on trial to go outside and count the courthouse steps and that’s how many years the sentence was.

    I don’t want to see her in jail. I want her to pay a large fine and lose her license. But more than that, I want her to have to do hundreds of hours of service standing on a street corner with a front and back poster of Tiger with the bow and arrow through his poor little head that reads “I killed this sweet cat because I like to kill.” That’s better than jail any day.

    • Sandra Murphey, No. CA, USA says:

      I like the sign suggestion, and I don’t want to see her in any shelter situation, as Michelle mentioned. No one would put a pedophile in a children’s home to rehabilitate them. A mindset and attitude can’t be forced to change with legislation; it can only happen if it’s desired.

  7. Michele S. says:

    I would like to see Ms Lindsey jailed and her vet license revoked permanently. Better yet, I’d like to see her name go on a public register of animal abusers.

    Sorry Michael, but the thought of her doing voluntary work with cats makes me shudder. She has shown no remorse for her actions because she doesn’t believe she has done anything wrong. Any voluntary work, or talks/essays on the morality of killing animals for fun, would be nothing more than hollow platitudes.

    Animal abusers don’t usually fare too well in prison 😉

    • Michael Broad says:

      Perhaps you are right Michele. But she needs to be “reprogrammed”. She needs to think differently. That may not be achievable but it may be and one way to do it is for her to get involved with helping cats and animals and hopefully learning to enjoy it rather than getting enjoyment from killing them. It is about education and rehabilitation.

    • Dee (Florida) says:

      Exactly, Michele.
      It’s a known fact that such sociopaths, without conscience, don’t benefit from any therapy/rehab.

      • Michael Broad says:

        What about a frontal lobotomy 😉 .

        • Dee (Florida) says:

          LOL! I would so love to see her stumbling around, drooling, and completely out of touch.

          But, she is Texas indocrinated. I know that it’s hard to understand since Texas is still a state in our Union, but they don’t follow our laws/rules.

          They make their own and flip us the bird.
          They want out and many of us want that too. They are an embarrassment to our country.

          • Dee (Florida) says:

            Sorry. Misspelled Indoctrinated.

          • Michael Broad says:

            I had no idea that Texas was that different. But even to some Europeans Texas does have the aura of a state that is more than usually obsessed with guns and big egos and BS.

  8. Sandra Murphey, No. CA, USA says:

    An afterthought on this would be for her to spend some time in jail, so she may be subject to the treatment she deserves, from imprisoned cat lovers!

  9. Sandra Murphey, No. CA, USA says:

    Seems like a very smart and unusual judge! I can’t seem to access my imagination in this one. I’d just remove her ability to legally practice veterinary medicine for 10 years.

    And maybe donate $5,000 to a feral TNR fund.

    I’m curious about what will actually happen. Is it too much to hope for serious consequences?

    • Michael Broad says:

      I think the sentence should be a combination: revoke vet license, short prison sentence, work in a cat shelter for a few months, write a 1,000 page essay on why it is immoral to like to kill animals, teach the immoral aspect of killing animals for pleasure to children at school, teach children at school how we should respect animals, write another 1,000 word essay on why we should respect animals. That sort of stuff appeals to me 😉 .

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