Guilty plea entered by suspect accused of killing animals found dead in South Bend alley

A South Bend man accused of shooting and killing several animals, including at least three house cats, pleaded guilty to two charges.

Ares Howard, 30, pleaded guilty Oct. 29 to two counts of killing a domestic animal, a class D felony, according to online court records. The charges carry a combined sentence of up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Howard was originally charged with three counts of killing a domestic animal and eight counts of mutilating a vertebrae animal after his arrest in June.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3.

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