BLOOMINGTON — Videos of a Colfax man beating trapped small animals with a shovel while he provides a rambling impersonation of a gangster is among the evidence a judge will review before sentencing the man on multiple felony charges.
In a hearing to consider a sentence for Quentin Getty, Judge Robert Freitag said Thursday he will review videos that depict the 22-year-old defendant beating a trapped raccoon and a squirrel with a shovel.
Getty pleaded guilty in August to home invasion, burglary and theft charges in a plea deal that dismissed animal torture charges related to the slaughter of two pigs. The charges stem from multiple cases dating to December 2012.
Getty faces 54 years in prison when the sentencing proceedings continue Jan. 9.
McLean County sheriff’s Detective Tim Tyler testified Thursday that the two videos that show graphic animal cruelty were made as Getty “was narrating it like he was a gangster.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Sanborn pointed out that Getty was on probation for an unrelated 2010 case involving torture of a cow at the time the videos were made in December 2012.
Still pending is a March 2013 aggravated criminal sexual abuse and child pornography case against Getty.
Over the objections of defense lawyer Brendan Bukalski, the detective was allowed to answer questions about Getty’s conduct in the alleged sex and pornography cases involving a minor girl.
Tyler said pornographic images of the girl were retrieved from Getty’s phone. The photos were sent to another person, he said.
Sanborn argued that the animal videos and the information about the sexual abuse case show Getty’s pattern of criminal behavior.
Allegations from a family member involved in an alleged domestic dispute with Getty also were disclosed by Sanborn. Charges were not filed in that case because the Colfax Police Department did not forward reports to the McLean County state’s attorney’s office, according to the prosecutor.