Teens get prison after dragging kitten behind jeep, posting video online

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BRANSON, Mo. (CBS) -- Two Missouri teens who posted a sick and twisted video of them killing a kitten in a bid for money have received a prison sentence instead.

Eighteen-year-old Kyle Williams and 19-year-old Jordan Hall were found guilty of animal cruelty after the duo dragged the kitten behind their jeep in June 2017.

The teens recorded and posted the crime online before Williams killed the defenseless animal with a rock.

Prosecutors say the savage teens made the Facebook video in an attempt to get Williams’ audience to buy the criminals pizza, according to The Kansas City Star.

“We appreciate the help of good Samaritans in our digital community in reporting this crime as it might have gone unpunished without their assistance,” Taney County prosecuting attorney Jeff Merrell said.

Prosecutors added that the pair received the maximum punishment for their “senseless act of depravity against a helpless kitten.”

Hall will spend the next four years in prison, and Williams was sentenced to consecutive sentences of four years for animal abuse and three years for armed criminal action.

Williams had an extra five-year sentence added after he reportedly sharpened a spork into a shank while in custody for his brutal acts.