PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- The man who pleaded guilty to throwing a dog out of a sixth floor window was berated by a judge during his sentencing hearing early Monday morning.
Judge Michael Cicconetti didn't hold back his anger when sentencing 23-year-old Michael Sutton to serve the maximum six months behind bars for killing the animal a few weeks ago.
"You are just vicious. You are revolting. You are cruel," Judge Cicconetti said to Sutton.
Sutton was also placed on probation for five years. His defense had made claims Sutton's actions were due to mental illness.
"I am sick and tired of people coming in here and blaming this on mental illness," the judge continued. "Then we have to get you medication. We have to pay for it, and then you don't take it. Where does that leave a court? I know what I'd like to do. I'd like to give you one of those creative sentences, but that's for people who can be rehabilitated, people who are first offenders. You are not. You are not one of those people. You are just brutal and savage, and that's all there is to it."
The judge also ordered Sutton to never own an animal again.
"I wish I could say you're not allowed to be around people."
The dead animal was discovered in a trash compactor at the Washington Square Apartments, leading to Sutton's fast arrest.
"Would I like to put you in a Dumpster? Oh, yeah. I would love to do that," the judge said.