Here’s a sad story for you: a 21 year old Staunton, Virginia man was arrested Monday night for killing a kitten after it accidently unplugged his videogame system. The story goes that, on Monday evening at 9:00 PM, police arrived at Bruce Jamar Walston’s apartment after his girlfriend called 911. Police said, according to an eyewitness account from the man’s girlfriend, that Walston "became enraged when the kitten disconnected his video game," hurling the animal into a nearby wall – in front of his girlfriend’s children.
Walston was charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, the highest penalty available for a first time animal cruelty offense in the state of Virginia. Walston, who had been free on bond in connection with a January breaking and entering charge, was held without bond at the Middle River Regional Jail in Verona.
Debbie Caywood, director of the Augusta Regional SPCA, told the Newsleader that her organization doesn’t come across physically abused animals on a regular basis, and said accounts of torturing animals "is very rare in this area as far as what we deal with."
In addition to the new charge for animal cruelty, Walston faces a "breaking and entering with the intent to commit assault" charge. Preliminary hearings on that begin June 25. This charge stems from an incident earlier this year where Walston and another individual allegedly kicked in a neighbor’s door and beat the 36 old male occupant with a vacuum sweeper.