54-year-old Brent Justice of Houston, Texas has been convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison for his part in producing animal crush films, which depict real animal torture and as are sold as entertainment for fetishists.
Justice filmed animal crush videos with 25-year-old Ashley Richards, who wore skimpy clothing as she stabbed kittens, puppies, chickens and other animals. Richards would attack the animals with a meat cleaver, chopping off their legs and urinated on them — in one instance, she poked a cat’s eye out with the heel of her shoe.
As she dismembered the animals, Richards would “talk dirty” to the camera. Later, the videos would be distributed to those with a sexual fetish for animal torture.
Together, Justice and Richards made at least eight of these sadistic videos.
Richards pleaded guilty and was previously sentenced to 10 years in state prison; however, federal charges have been filed against her as well for violation of the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010.
The pair attempted to have their federal charges dismissed, but were unsuccessful.
With luck, this harsh sentencing for crush videos will stop would-be torturers and save innocent animals from becoming victims of such heartless “entertainment.”