UPDATE: Animal Crusher Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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Ashley Nicole Richards was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the torture and murder of numerous animals for sexual fetish films called crush videos.  Judge Sim Lake had previously dismissed many of the charges against her, preposterously citing “freedom of speech,” but thankfully Richards was not so fortunate in the prosecution’s appeal.

According to Harris County District prosecuting attorney Devon Anderson, Richards made as many as 27 crush videos between February 2010 and August 2012, wherein she would torture puppies, kittens, fish, lobsters, crabs, mice, and a rabbit.  She brutally used a meat cleaver, knives, screwdrivers, pliers, and stilettoes, often killing up to two animals a day.

PETA was alerted to the woman’s activities, and within 48 hours, police had located her Houston residence.  She and roommate or boyfriend Brent Justice, who is believed to have filmed the videos, were arrested on charges of animal cruelty and obscenity.

Judge Lake dismissed charges against the heinous duo, claiming that while “the acts depicted in animal crush videos are disturbing and horrid, it is still considered protected speech.”

Despite the federal Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 outlawing “any photograph, motion picture, film, video or digital recording, or electronic image that: (1) depicts actual conduct in which one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians is intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury; and (2) is obscene,” Judge Lake felt the statute was too “overbroad” in nature, making it unconstitutional.

Four months later, prosecutors filed an appeal.

“As with child pornography, it is necessary to dry up the market in animal crush videos, which have little if any social value, in order to effectively prevent the criminal acts that necessarily occur when the videos are produced,” they stated.

This time Richards was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison.  Brent Justice was also charged with animal cruelty and is being held on $50,000 bond.

“While we are satisfied that the defendant received the maximum penalty in these cases, we will fight at the next legislative session to increase the punishment range for this offense to better protect these animals and all citizens of Harris County,” Anderson said.








14 thoughts on “UPDATE: Animal Crusher Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison”

  1. I am shocked, disturbed and disgusted and speechless o_O I mean I am very happy she gets to spend 10 years in prison BUT I NEVER KNEW ”ANIMAL CRUSHER” EXISTED o_O Oh My Dear Lord!I think I do not want to live on this planet no more…I am sick to my stomach and so so upset..word cannot describe..they should both be tortured too but I am i shocked there are actually people who wanna watch this..omg..I think I am going to cry or scream or punch someone…

  2. I would like to get my hands on that vile disgusting thing called a human being! i would do exactly what she did to those poor animals to her! an eye for an eye, this is outragous and horrible!!!!! she deserves all that is coming to her, no mercy. I hope karma comes back on her with vengence

  3. That is one of the sickest, most evil things I have ever heard. They are both subhuman. How in the world could that be free speech? I hope they both get exactly what they deserve in prison. I can honestly say I hope they are killed in prison. Normally, I wouldn’t think something so cruel, but in this case it is jusfified.

  4. She is a sociopath, plain and simple. She should not walk among us, ever again. Life w/o parole is what she should have gotten.

  5. OMG! You know I can actually believe that someone would do something like this. There are so many sick, twisted and discusting people out there. I have seen so much animal abuse in the last 10 years! What shocked me the me the most about this story is THE JUDGE! Seriously, what is wrong with this man? There are laws for a reason, and if more people were doing jail time for these kinds of crimes and people new there is the potential to do jail time if you are caught abusing an animal then maybe there wouldn’t be any animal abuse in the world. Seriously children have Children’s Aid Society. Who do animals have? Man I am so fed up with this…I just witnessed my neighbor pin his dog down on it’s side on the ground with his knee in it’s side and smack it in the head. All because it was barking too much at a truck. I called and reported it to my local humane society and guess what they did? NOTHING!!! And just the day before another neighbor called on him for beating it in the head with his shoe that it had chewed(it’s only 2 yes old)and again they did nothing…..WHY?????


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