Teen Sentenced To Prison

By: AP
By: AP

A 15-year-old boy who broke into a Kentwood home and killed a family's dog with a hammer has been sentenced to spend up to 20 years in prison.
Jonathan Castelan was sentenced Wednesday in Kent County Circuit Court. He got three to 20 years on a home invasion charge. He pleaded guilty in July.
The Grand Rapids Press reports Castelan used a hammer to fatally bludgeon an 8-pound dachshund named Pinto in May.
In court, Castelan told Abel and Denise Soto's family he hoped they could find it in their hearts "to forgive me for the awful thing I've done."
Abel Soto tells WOOD-TV he believes the sentence was too light.
WZZM-TV says court records show Castelan hit Pinto in the head with a hammer after it bit him.


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  • by Dan Location: DeWitt on Sep 5, 2010 at 01:45 AM
    Ah, west Michigan, where justice can still be found. I'm glad he's going to prison, and I'm glad there's still judges and prosecutors in this state that are willing to do what needs to be done. Now if we could only get a decent prosecutor in Ingham county and some more judges with common sense in Ingham and Eaton county we might get some justice handed down to the people committing felonies around here. Also, to Christine, I doubt that prison will be the defining moment that ruins this kids life. Chances are he's already a sociopath and it's only a matter of time before he were to kill a person. Don't feel sorry for criminals, and don't blame "the system" for turning people bad. People need to take responsibility for their own lives and actions, not blame others for their problems.
  • by Sandi on Sep 2, 2010 at 11:44 AM
    What a shame that this kid just had to go and do what he did. Seems the judge didn't like him killing the dog anymore than the rest of us. Hope the jerk in Eaton Rapids gets the same judge.
  • by Michele Location: Mason on Sep 2, 2010 at 11:00 AM
    good. I hope this same judge is the one ruling on the case with the psychopath in Eaton Rapids who was dragging his dog behind his truck. I couldn't have said it better.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    This teen needs to get lots of time in prison first for home invasion (20 years would be good) and then for killing the family dog (20 years more). If you do not want to get bit by a dog that is in a house then stay out of where you do not belong and then this would not happen. I do not feel sorry for this teen and he needs to get lots of time in prison for this.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lansing on Sep 2, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    Hurray for finally handing down a justified sentence on animal cruelty ! I pray for that poor family who lost their best friend. The judge in Eaton County could take a lesson from this one!!!!
  • by anonymous Location: lansing on Sep 2, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    funny - had this been a pit bull instead of an 8-pound dachshund, the story might have been different.
  • by lola Location: lansing on Sep 2, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    He didn't get up to twenty years for killing the dog. He got three to twenty for the break in. Alot of the reporting that is done nowadays is very misleading. Very unfortunate.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2010 at 07:52 AM
    sadly the dog murderer will probably only serve the 3 year part of the sentence. But I hope they make sure that he can never own a pet for the rest of his life..Or for that matter, DONT LET HIM REPRODUCE!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2010 at 07:51 AM
    hey if a pit bull bites a newborn babies head..and gets euthanized..then a HUMAN being who does this to a tiny little helpless dog, then he Deserves the sentence he gets! The dog didnt know better..but HUMANS do. Enjoy LOCK UP you little thug murderer!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2010 at 07:33 AM
    This is a classic example of how messed up our society has become. If the teenager did the exact same thing to a person, he would have received 8 years and spent some time in a psych ward.
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