Convicted cat killer denied parole

Russell Swigart (Source: Kenton County Detention Center)
Russell Swigart (Source: Kenton County Detention Center)

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A Northern Kentucky man who was convicted of breaking into a woman's home and killing her two cats has been denied parole.

Russell Swigart of Highland Heights pled guilty in October 2009 on burglary and animal cruelty charges. He was sentenced to ten years in prison for his crimes.

Swigart was up for parole on Tuesday, but was it was denied by the parole board.

Swigart admitted in court to breaking into a neighbor's home in 2008.  While committing the burglary, Swigart says he stabbed the woman's two cats.  Then he apparently texted the cat owner about what he'd done after killing her cats.

Swigart was the first person in Northern Kentucky to be charged under a new law that makes it a felony to torture and kill a cat or dog.

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