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July 15, 2014

Fairmont man arrested for cruelty to animals

FAIRMONT —  A Fairmont man was arrested Sunday for cruelty to an animal.

Charles Alexander Crislip II, 44, of Fairmont, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department after the department received a call involving an animal complaint at the Village on Ices Run Road.

According to Crislip’s criminal complaint, the complaintant told deputies Crislip “became angry” with her cat when it walked over to his apartment. The complaint goes on to state that Crislip “threw (the cat) off a two-story balcony.”

Crislip stated to the deputy that he did throw the cat off the balcony after he caught the cat eating from his dinner plate, which was on his porch.

The complaint was also made that Crislip had shot and killed a cat in front of the apartment complex a few months ago. The complaint goes on to state that Crislip said he did shoot a cat a few months ago because “there is a cat problem at the complex and it was walking on the hood” of his van.

Along with cruelty to an animal, Crislip was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. When deputies asked about a .22 rifle that he was observed shooting the cat with, Crislip said the gun was “not here.”

Deputies located a .270 rifle while Crislip was showing them the “shop” he uses under his apartment for work. The criminal complaint states that Crislip’s roommate also gave deputies a .22 rifle that was inside his apartment.

The .22 was the rifle used to shoot the cat, according to Crislip. Crislip told deputies the .270 belonged to his father and that he had the gun only to clean some rust off it for his father.

The criminal complaint states that deputies spoke with Crislip’s father while on scene, and they told the deputies that the .270 belonged to Crislip. Crislip said the .270 had been in his possession for a few days.

Crislip’s criminal history shows two felony convictions from December 2006 and August 2007.

Cruelty to an animal and persons prohibited from possessing firearms are both misdemeanor charges.

If convicted of cruelty to an animal, Crislip faces a fine between $300 and $1,000 or confinement to jail for no more than six months, or both. If convicted of persons prohibited from possessing firearms, Crislip faces a fine between $100 and $1,000 or confinement to the county jail for no less than 90 days but no more than one year, or both.

Crislip’s bond in Marion County is set at $3,000.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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