Nicholas Martins-Leshinski, 22, of Monona, Iowa.

A judge has sentenced a former McHenry man to probation after he took a plea deal in a case where he was charged with beating two cats and seriously injuring them.

Nicholas Martins-Leshinski, 22, of Monona, Iowa, was charged in December 2021 with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, two counts of cruelty to animals and violation of animal owner duties.

A grand jury indictment said Martins-Leshinski intentionally committed an act that caused “serious injury to and/or the death” of a companion animal on September 18, 2021.

Martins-Leshinski caused blunt force trauma to the animal, a cat named Winky, the indictment said.

The indictment said Martins-Leshinski also caused blunt force trauma to another companion animal, a cat named Dispy, on the same day. That cat was also seriously injured.

Martins-Leshinski was accused of beating, cruelly treating, tormenting and abusing the two cats, the indictment said.

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The indictment said the man failed to provide veterinary care when needed to prevent Dipsy from suffering.

The case was investigated by the McHenry Police Department.

A warrant was issued for Martins-Leshinski, who lived in McHenry at the time, over three months after the incident occurred.

He processed on the warrant at the Kane County Jail and released after posting 10% of a $10,000 bond.

Court records show Martins-Leshinski pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor, in exchange for all of his charges being dismissed.

McHenry County Judge James Cowlin approved the plea on Thursday and sentenced Martins-Leshinski to two years of probation and 40 hours of public service.

Martins-Leshinski will not be allowed to have any contact with any pets during his probation.