Accused kitten killer sees plea agreement rejected by Pueblo judge

PUEBLO, Colo. - A Pueblo district judge has rejected a plea agreement for a Pueblo West man accused of killing a kitten.

District Judge Victor Reyes made the order from the bench during a setting hearing this morning, setting a trial date in June for Robert Heckmann.

Heckmann, 25, was arrested in January for allegedly trying to drown, then strangle a 12-week-old kitten, filming the incident and sending the video to his then-girlfriend.

Heckmann is facing a charge of aggravated animal cruelty and a potential prison sentence of up to 18 months.

His plea agreement would have capped his sentence to probation and left the terms and length up to Reyes.

Heckmann's two-day trial is set for June 10. He is scheduled to be back before Reyes next month to set possible motions in the trial.

In an exclusive interview on March 13, 2014, Heckmann told KRDO NewsChannel 13 there were other people involved who have not been prosecuted. Click here to watch that report.

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