A Kokomo woman has been sentenced to federal prison time for torturing animals and then posting videos of the crimes online.
Krystal Cherika Scott, 20, was found guilty of violating the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act of 2019 and sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for animal crushing, according to a Wednesday announcement from Acting Indiana Southern District U.S. Attorney John E. Childress and FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan.
According to federal law enforcement, between May and July 2020, Scott posted images and videos over various social media platforms that depicted her torturing and graphically killing cats and dogs by hanging, skinning and other means.
In June 2020, police in Boise, Idaho, received information from concerned citizens and opened an investigation, referring the matter to the FBI. The FBI, in conjunction with the Boise Police Department and the Ada County, Idaho, Sheriff’s Office, later determined Scott was responsible for the criminal acts.
In addition to her sentence, Scott will serve five years of supervised release following her prison term, according to Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany J. Preston, who prosecuted the case.
The FBI, Boise Police Department, Ada County Sheriff’s Office and Kokomo Police Department investigated the case.