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Nikola Kutansky sentenced for torturing, killing stolen lam,

A 37-year-old man in Indiana will spend more than a year behind bars after he filmed himself stealing, torturing, killing, and eating a lamb and two chickens — then posted the footage to Facebook. Lake County Superior Court Judge Gina L. Jones on Monday ordered Nikola I. Kutansky to serve a sentence of 18 months in a state correctional facility for the grotesque crime, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

In addition to the incarceration, Jones also ordered Kutansky to serve an additional year on probation following his release, to complete 100 hours of community service, and to undergo substance abuse and mental health counseling.

Kutansky last month pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, a felony under state law.

Nikola I. Kutansky

Nikola I. Kutansky (Indiana Department of Corrections)

During Monday’s hearing, Kutansky told the court that he was struggling with mental health issues and a synthetic marijuana addiction at the time of his arrest, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

His claim was buttressed by testimony from his mother, who reportedly told the court that when he stole, killed, and ate those animals last year — a crime she described as “beyond my ability to comprehend” — her son was unrecognizable from the child she once knew and loved. However, since his incarceration, she told the court that Kutansky had undergone a “significant change” for the better.

She said that her son had been working to “improve himself” and become “more humble and responsible” in the process, the Tribune reported.

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