Illinois man gets prison sentence for killing puppy

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A 48-year-old Illinois man has been sentenced to four years in prison for killing a 10-week-old puppy.

A Tazewell County judge on Thursday sentenced Stephen Coker, who was found guilty last month of two charges of  aggravated animal cruelty.

Coker was staying with family friends in Delavan, Illinois, when a prosecutor says he shook, threw and stomped one pinscher-terrier mix puppy to death and injured another. Coker had been recently released from prison after serving a sentence for arson and aggravated domestic battery.

The Pekin Daily Times reports that the prosecution wanted a 12-year sentence in the cruelty case for Coker, who has spent more than eight months in custody since his arrest.

Delavan is about 25 miles south of Peoria.