- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A Laramie woman accused of smothering two cats has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness.

The Laramie Boomerang reports (http://bit.ly/1GNsimi ) 52-year-old Ruth Ann Henson was charged Tuesday with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Defense attorney Randy Hiller said Hanson was evaluated at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, where she was determined competent to be out in the community.

In December, Henson’s daughter reported to police that her cats were missing.

The cats were found in an alley with their legs duct taped together and plastic bags secured over their heads.

According to a police affidavit, Henson told police she had put the cats to sleep.

Henson faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison for each count of animal cruelty and a $5,000 fine.

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com

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