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Man faces lengthy prison term after killing pet pig

Joseph Calarruda Joseph Calarruda
Richard Pollack Richard Pollack
Rickelle Sylva Rickelle Sylva

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A man convicted of slaughtering a pet pig pleaded for leniency at his sentencing for livestock theft Wednesday.

But Joseph Calarruda, who's been in trouble with the law before, didn't get a break. He got a stiffer sentence for killing a pig than some drivers get for killing a person.

It's a case prosecutors describe as unique.

A convicted killer begs for mercy. His victim? A six-year-old pig named Porky.

"We find Porky's death horribly tragic and are frequently saddened when we think of his last hours," Charlayne Holliday, witness, said.

Prosecutors say Joseph Calarruda and his hunting dogs went to a private farm in Mililani two years ago, and slaughtered the pet in front of horrified witnesses.

Calarruda maintains he wasn't there.

"(It's) a tragic event that the animal's life got tooken (sic)," Rickelle Sylva, convict's girlfriend, said. "You know, unfortunately, we're here today to plead for Joseph."

The 30-year-old father of two says this is the latest in a life full of hardships, including living in poverty, getting shot, and losing his dad.

"I sympathize with you," Calarruda said. "I know suffering. I should qualify as a professional in suffering. I understand you suffering. And you know what? I feel it and I am hurting too, and I going suffer more."

Calarruda, who's already serving 10 years for a firearms offense, receives a five-year sentence for Porky's death. The judge orders him to serve the terms one after the other.

"The offense in this case was vicious and callous and resulted in the killing of a family pet pig," Richard Pollack, Circuit judge, said. "The defendant acted purposely and violently."

After he learned his punishment, Calarruda told the judge he wants to dump his court-appointed attorney. He plans to appeal the verdict.

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