Parole denied to convicted cat killer

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky man who stabbed
to death two cats has been denied parole for at least two more
The Kentucky Parole Board on Tuesday said it will reconsider the
case of 32-year-old Russell Andrew Swigart of Highland Heights in
2013. Swigart has served about two years and five months of a
12-year sentence. A jury convicted Swigart of torturing animals and
The owner of the cats, Bridgett Wright, submitted 15,700
signatures from an online petition to the parole board on Monday in
an effort to keep Swigart in prison. The animals were killed in
After the hearing Tuesday, Wright told the Kentucky Enquirer she
was relieved by the decision. Swigart's attorney, Ashley Bellamy,
says her client has taken responsibility for his actions and has
been a model prisoner.

Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer,

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