Ashley Nicole Richards has pleaded guilty to episodes of animal crush videos in which the woman filmed herself torturing and maiming small animals for the carnal gratification of viewers.
The 24 year old voyeur from Houston, Texas admitted to four counts of creating ‘animal crush’ videos and one film distribution charge in one of the first cases of its kind in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Richards admitted to creating a series of eight videos between February 2010 and August 2012
Films of the actress show her scantily clad, sometimes masked and often stabbing the helpless animals, including a puppy, a kitten and a chicken.
Other instances of animal cruelty included Richards chopping of the animal’s limbs, urinating on them while making suggestive comments on camera. In one particularly damning episode, according to a report via The Houston Chronicle, Richards is observed puncturing a cat’s eye with a shoe heel.
A report via the dailydot also tells of Richards in one video, entitled “puppy2,” hacking a pit bull puppy to death with a meat cleaver over the span of 13 minutes and then urinating on the animal’s dead body.
Yes let’s all gasp for a desperate relief whilst some of you become giddily aroused…
The law was enacted when the videos were sold or broadcast over the internet. It is a fetish where people kill the animals in a ritualistic or sacrificial way.
The creation of the law specifically depicting the depiction of animals for carnal gratification came after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting the production of videos depicting animal abuse. In an 8-1 decision in the case, which was over a video of dog fighting, the court ruled that the law, as it then stood, was overly broad. Justices in the majority feared it could have led to the prosecution of hunters for filming themselves shooting deer.
In response, Congress passed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act later that year, which aimed to winnow down the targeted activity as to exempt hunters.
Richards has been in state custody for three years based on the same kind of horrifying acts.
In 2014, she received a 10-year state prison after pleading guilty to three counts of animal cruelty. State and federal animal cruelty charges are pending against Justice, who remains in the Harris County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
She has another federal sentencing date in December where she will be sentenced for the new charges.
Richards faces seven years in jail, but could receive credit for the time she has already served if she acts as informant and leeway from the courts if she decides to become an informant.