Guy Slices Pet Fish in Half, Gets 120 Days in Prison

'It really did traumatize the 9-year-old'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2017 6:28 PM CDT
Man Who Sliced Pet Fish in Half Gets 120 Days in Prison
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A Connecticut domestic dispute ended with a man sentenced to 120 days in prison for murder ... fish murder. The April incident began when Juan Vega, 33, showed up unannounced at his girlfriend's home and a fight started, the Bristol Press reports. Police say he pushed the unidentified woman, kicked and broke a TV, gathered up his things, and left. But after his departure, the victim found other damaged items throughout the home, and then officers spoke to her 9-year-old son—who told them the family's betta fish had been sliced in half. Vega, who admitted to police he killed the fish, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree breach of peace Tuesday and was sentenced to 120 days in prison. The incident "really did traumatize the 9-year-old," the prosecutor says. (More weird crimes stories.)

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