Teen Sentenced For Killing Dog With Hammer

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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