Texas Gunman Had Previous Conviction for Cruelty to Animals

By John Smithies
John Smithies
John Smithies
Journalist
A journalist for The EpochTimes based in London. These views are firmly my own.
November 6, 2017 Updated: November 6, 2017

The gunman who allegedly killed more than 26 people at a Texas church had previously been cited for cruelty to animals, according to the Denver Post.

Criminal and voter records reveal that Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was cited in 2014 for misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

Kelley was identified by law enforcement officials on Sunday evening as the perpetrator of the worst mass shooting in Texas history.

He shot and killed 26 people using an assault rifle during a Baptist church service in a small town outside San Antonio.

More than 20 others were injured in the attack.

The cruelty to animals charge resulted in Kelley being handed a deferred probationary sentence and paying $368 in restitution.

The charge was dismissed in 2016, according to court records, with Kelley having completed his sentence.

Kelley was also denied a license to carry a gun due to a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force for beating his wife and child. The Gun Control Act of 1968 automatically prohibits possession of firearms in such cases.

John Smithies
Journalist
A journalist for The EpochTimes based in London. These views are firmly my own.