A Sherman man pleaded guilty this week to assaulting a police officer and abusing a kitten to the point that it had to be euthanized. Crisanto Burela-Luis received a two year prison sentence for assaulting the officer and one year state jail sentence for abusing the animal.
Previously published reports show that Burela-Luis’s charges stem from an incident that occurred on June 24 in the 400 block of West Cherry Street. An affidavit for the arrest warrant said that Grayson County Sheriff’s Office investigator Robert Williams went to the home and spoke with the woman who resided there and who said Burela-Luis forced his way into the home and while they were arguing, he picked up a kitten and twisted its neck violently and threw it across the room.
He then walked across the room and stomped the kitten. He then picked the kitten up, put it in a trash bag and threw it in the trash can outside. The report said a neighbor took the kitten to a clinic where it was euthanized. Burela-Luis was arrested for violating an active protective order. When officers attempted to make the arrest, Burela-Luis resisted. Assistant Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith said Burela-Luis and the officer scuffled and during the scuffle, Burela-Luis hit the officer in the collar bone. Burela-Luis was then subdued.
Burela-Luis’ attorney, Jason Butscher, could not be immediately reached for comment about the plea Friday afternoon.