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There's the kind of grounding that teens get from their parents for sneaking out of the house or stealing booze from the liquor cabinet. Then

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Cat-Massacring Battle Ground Teens Grounded by Judge

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There's the kind of grounding that teens get from their parents for sneaking out of the house or stealing booze from the liquor cabinet. Then there's the kind of grounding teens get from a judge for killing 50 cats.

It's the latter kind that was handed down to three teenagers from Battle Ground, Wash. yesterday by Judge Robert L. Harris when he put the teens on house arrest until they're sentenced for a mass-cat-shooting spree.

We reported on the serial catricide back in June.

Since then, the teens--Mitchell S. Kangas, 16, Jaren M. Koistinen, 16, and Riley J. Munger, 17, all students at Battle Ground High School and La Center High School--'fessed up to the killings, with Kangas admitting to being the shooter and the other two the spotters.

At the hearing tempers apparently flared, and a KOIN 6 News photographer was shoved by someone, though it's unclear whom.

UPDATE: Brad Neuhoff, news director at KOIN, tells us that photographer Jonathan Simmons was shoved multiple times at the hearing, once even being pushed to the floor.

"We're working with the sheriff's office to pursue charges," Neuhoff says. "That just can't happen."

One of the teens is expected to be sentenced to 30 days in juvenile prison, while the other two are expected to get between a year and two-and-a-half years.

Prosecutors had wrestled with whether to charge them as adults or juveniles and settled on the latter, because if tried as adults "they probably wouldn't get the psychological evaluation and therapy they obviously need."

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