A man has been sentenced to 10 days in jail in a case where he and another man were accused of recording themselves stabbing a raccoon with a sword and hitting it with a hammer in Huntley.
Nathan P. Weber, 19, of the 3500 block of Sonoma Circle in Lake in the Hills, was charged with animal torture, depiction of animal cruelty and disorderly conduct.
A second suspect, Daniel A. Carey, 19, of the 11100 block of Grove Street in Huntley, was charged with two counts of animal torture and disorderly conduct.
Criminal complaints filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said that Carey and Weber both sent a video to numerous people through social media on June 11.
Carey was seen torturing a raccoon by stabbing it with a sword, causing it to become impaled, the complaint said.
Weber struck the raccoon several times with a garden rake while it was impaled by the sword, a separate complaint said.
Weber pinned the animal to the ground with the rake, causing it to suffer prolonged pain, the complaint said.
Carey then allegedly inflicted “extreme physical pain” by striking the raccoon in the head with a hammer.
He hit the raccoon with the hammer several times, causing the animal to “suffer in agony,” the complaint said.
A grand jury indictment said the raccoon died.
Both Carey and Weber were arrested by Huntley police officers and transported to the McHenry County Jail.
Both men were released from custody after posting 10% of their $20,000 bonds.
Court records show Weber entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Wednesday.
Weber pleaded guilty to one count of depiction of animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor, in exchange for his other charges being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge Tiffany Davis approved the plea deal and sentenced Weber to 10 days in the county jail and 240 hours of public service at an animal shelter or similar business.
Weber will be on probation for two years and was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and comply with the recommendations of it.
The case against Carey remains ongoing and a status of trial date is scheduled for June 6.