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Kitten killer charged with violating probation

December 07, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - A man who pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty last month has been charged with violating his probation by moving back in with his ex-girlfriend and five cats, court documents state.

Robert Lynn Tomlin, 22, was arrested Tuesday on a charge that he violated probation ordered at his Nov. 13 sentencing hearing, according to court records.

Tomlin was accused of striking Kelli Green and throwing four of her kittens into a fire pit July 2 in Smithsburg, court documents state.

He was being held without bond Wednesday at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokeswoman said.

At the Nov. 13 hearing, Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell ordered Tomlin to serve 18 months in jail, which he suspended, and three years of supervised probation.

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At Tomlin's sentencing hearing, McDowell ordered Tomlin to have "no contact with animals or pets" and no contact with Green.

On Nov. 29, the Humane Society of Washington County reported to a state parole and probation agent that Tomlin was living with Green and animals at 10917 Crystal Falls Drive in Smithsburg where the July 2 incident occurred, court documents state.

Agents found Tomlin, Green and five cats at the home and recommended "that probation be revoked and the suspended sentence ordered into execution," court documents state.

Green took back her statement to police about the July incident in a letter dated Aug. 3, but she told McDowell at the sentencing hearing that she wanted no contact with Tomlin.

Tomlin told McDowell, "I committed a horrible crime, sir ... You will never see me in this court again."

The day after his hearing, a state parole and probation agent said Tomlin told the agent that he was living with his grandmother on Winter Street "and would be there permanently," court documents state.

On Nov. 27, Tomlin's grandmother told the agent that Tomlin "had not resided there since his release from jail" and did not know where he was living, court documents state.

The agent wrote in court documents that Green left a voice-mail message with the agent indicating that "she has reconsidered and would like contact" with Tomlin.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Robert Veil dropped second-degree assault and other charges in exchange for Tomlin's guilty plea to aggravated animal cruelty Nov. 13.

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