BISMARCK, N.D. — A Bismarck man accused of shooting two cats with arrows last year has received a one-year suspended jail sentence in his animal cruelty case.

KXMB-TV (http://bit.ly/2crLOjk ) reports Kristofer Gilliam entered Alford pleas to two counts of animal cruelty on Wednesday.

An Alford plea is one in which a defendant acknowledges there was sufficient evidence for conviction but does not admit guilt.

Meanwhile, a jury on Tuesday acquitted a Minot man accused of taping shut a dog’s mouth, beating the animal, shooting it in the head and throwing the carcass in a garbage bin last fall.

Gilliam and Minot resident James Music were charged under a 2013 state law that makes animal cruelty a felony. In the past three years there has not been a jury conviction in such a case.


Information from: KXMB-TV, http://www.kxnet.com