- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Authorities say two Virginia Beach teenagers have admitted to posting a video online showing one of them pouring gasoline on a hamster and setting it on fire.

Virginia Beach Animal Control said in a news release that 19-year-old Rayshawn D. Steverson and 18-year-old Anthony W. Diangelo have each been charged with one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. The crime is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Court documents say a video posted on a Steverson’s Snapchat account July 6 shows Diangelo pouring gasoline on the hamster and then lighting it, killing the animal.

Investigators say Diangelo initially brought the hamster to Steverson’s house to feed it to his snake, but the reptile only bit the rodent.

It’s unclear whether either teenager has an attorney.

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