The Oil City man who was convicted in January in a now-infamous cruelty to animals case can avoid jail time if he completes a community service sentence and makes timely payments in restitution to a local animal clinic.
61 year-old David Krawiec was sentenced Friday to four months to two years in jail. That sentence, however, was suspended pending the completion of 360 hours of community service time, and the payment of nearly $8,900 in restitiution to the clinic that nursed a tortured cat back to health. He will also serve two years probation.
Krawiec was convicted on charges involving the handling of a cat found by a neighbor inside a trash can half-filled with water. The animal was closed up in a raccoon cage, and had been shot more than a dozen times with a pellet gun.
Krawiec had claimed he had found an already-wounded cat, and was trying to put the animal out of its misery.