Fraser man charged for trying to run over kitten, tossing it out of car gets probation

Justin Coppola, 20, pleaded guilty to animal killing, torturing

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Justin Samuel Coppola, 20, of Fraser.

DETROIT - A Fraser man, charged with trying to run over a kitten in Woodhaven and then throwing it out of a moving car, was sentenced to probation in court.

Justin Samuel Coppola, 20, previously pleaded guilty to animal killing and torturing in exchange for prosecutors dropping lesser misdemeanor charges against him.

Thursday, Judge Thomas Jackson of Wayne County Circuit Court sentenced Coppola to three years of probation and ordered him to pay court fees.

October 2012, an off-duty Taylor officer watched Coppola attempt to run over the kitten in the parking lot of a Woodhaven Meijer.

The officer told investigators that after making several passes with his car, Coppola picked up the kitten and drove out of the lot.

The officer trailed behind Coppola and watched him throw the kitten out of the passenger window while speeding away. Coppola was ultimately arrested by Riverview police.

Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy originally charged Coppola with animal killing and torturing, a two year felony and animal cruelty and reckless driving, both misdemeanor charges.

Animal control searched the area where the kitten was tossed and found it hiding in some brush off the road.

The kitten was rescued and has and already been adopted to a home.