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Associated Press - June 14, 2007 8:14 AM ET

BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) - A Belle Glade teen has been sentenced to three years behind bars for killing a kitten in an oven.

Police say 17-year-old Harold Smith broke into a neighbor's house and killed the kitten.

He accepted a plea deal that sends him to the Palm Beach County Jail for three years. He'll be on probation for 30 years and must also perform 1,800 hours of community service in an animal shelter and pay almost $500 in court costs. He must also write a letter of apology to his neighbor.

Smith's lawyer says his client received a sentence that gives the teen opportunities to improve his life.

Smith was charged as an adult with burglary, animal cruelty, petit theft, grand theft and grand theft auto. A witness tampering charge was added after he threatened a witness in his case.

Information from: South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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