Man Who Killed Parrot With Serving Fork Sentenced To Jail

EVERETT, Wash. (November 28, 2012)—Richard J. Atkinson, 63 of Everett, Wash., has been sentenced to six months in jail for stabbing his ex- girlfriend's parrot to death with a serving fork.

Atkinson pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and domestic-violence malicious mischief in the Aug. 19 attack.

In a letter to the newspaper in September, the woman said she had the parrot, Bailey, for 18 years.

Defense lawyer William Steffener said at the sentencing hearing that his client doesn't remember what happened, but he may have mixed anti-anxiety medication with whiskey and slipped into a blacked-out rage.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge George Appel ordered Atkinson to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Atkinson must also pay the woman for her parrot and destroyed belongings, and he can't own any animals for five years.

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