Pulaski County man sentenced to 30 years in prison in kitten killer case

Marcus Lavender

A Pulaski County man is sentenced to thirty years in prison for reacting violently after killing his neighbor’s kitten.

Last month, a jury convicted Marcus Lavender, of St. Robert, of second-degree assault, armed criminal action, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of a firearm.  He was also found to be a prior and persistent offender.

The charges stem from an incident in 2019, when Lavender accidentally killed his neighbor’s kitten.  When the neighbor confronted him, Lavender got a gun and began shooting at the neighbor and his children, striking the man in the leg.  The children weren’t hurt.

Lavender was on probation on weapons charges at the time.

Last week, a judge sentenced Lavender to ten years in prison on each of the four charges.  Three of the sentences will run consecutively, meaning Lavender will serve thirty years.