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Fayette County man pleaded guilty to killing wife's cats

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Michael Ford pleaded guilty to 3 counts of felony animal cruelty after throwing a crate with at least 3 cats inside on a fire. Michael Ford pleaded guilty to 3 counts of felony animal cruelty after throwing a crate with at least 3 cats inside on a fire.

A man who was facing charges in a brutal case of animal cruelty was in court on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Michael Wayne Ford pleaded guilty to three counts of Felony Animal Cruelty.  The plea was heard in front of Judge John Hatcher.

During the plea hearing, Ford admitted to placing at least three cats in a wooden box and throwing them in a fire.  Ford was originally charged with seven counts of animal cruelty.  The incident happened on Oct. 21, 2013.

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Ford is facing from three to fifteen years in the penitentiary.  He could also face a fine.  A sentencing hearing is set for April 10 at 9:30 a.m.