Opossum hacker gets 10 days in jail

Teen ordered to complete 150 hours community service
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A teenager accused of viciously hacking an opossum started his 10-day jail sentence after entering a no-contest plea in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday. Carter Livingston, a Lake of the Pines resident, reportedly videotaped himself hacking an opossum 44 times with a meat cleaver and then posted the video on Facebook, a social networking website. In addition to his jail sentence, Livingston will pay a $500 fine, serve 150 hours of community service and write an essay on a subject to be determined by him and a judge. Oliver Pong, Nevada County prosecutor, asked for up to 90 days in jail for Livingston. He said Friday the outcome was “acceptable.” Pong said he’s received a mixed response throughout the course of the case, which first came to the Nevada County Animal Control Office in June 2010. “Most of the community input has been very positive in favor of protecting the possum and stiff sanctions,” Pong said. “I’ve received a few letters from his family and friends in support of him, his character, and his positive life.” ~ Jenifer Gee