May 22, 2014 – Ashley Nicole Richards has been SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS in Texas jail for her part in several Crush videos she appeared in. Richards was originally arrested in August 2012 and charged with 5 counts of Animal Cruelty which is a Felony under Texas state law. She agreed to plead guilty to 3 of the counts and will begin serving her 10 year jail sentence.
Animal Beta Project has been patiently waiting for this day when we first began investigating the Crush videos Richards appeared in back in August 2012. Thanks to PETA, Houston Police and Prosecutor for seeking such a lengthy jail sentence!
The Federal case against both Richards and Justice is still awaiting a decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals which we hope will be published soon!
1. In August 2012, both Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Justice were arrested in Houston, Texas for the Production and Distribution of Crush videos which is a Federal Crime under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010
2. A Federal Judge reviewed the case against both defendants and decided the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 was invalid and unconstitutional as it abridges their freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.
Animal Beta Project would like to give its thanks to PETA, The Houston Police Department, The Houston District Attorney’s Office and Investigation Unit for apprehending these individuals.
Ashley Richards and Brent Justice are now in FEDERAL custody as US Attorney’s have been successful in securing a federal indictment. This will be the first US Crush prosecuted Federally since the Animal Crush Prohibition Act passed in 2010. We are very grateful to all agencies involved and would now like to thank the US Attorney’s office as well. We wish the Assistant US Attorney Sherri L. Zack luck in prosecuting this case.
We sat through countless movies this couple made. We painstakingly analyzed each video frame by frame. We initially identified the suspects names, time-frame of the movies, and locations. PETA diligently presented our evidence to the relevant authorities. Based upon our evidence the authorities recognized the seriousness of the case and requested a warrant for the suspects apprehension.With this being the first Crush charges in American history we are somewhat proud of our achievements but it will always be overshadowed by the brutality that featured within these videos.
We are humbled to have been part of this historic moment and trust the American justice system will give justice to the animals that died in these videos.
Animal Beta Project is an Animal Justice organization. ABP seeks justice for animals that have been harmed by searching for the abusers and turning over evidence to proper authorities. We are not a 501c3 organization, and we do not accept rewards or donations. If someone is posing as ABP and is asking for donations, it is fraudulent.
Animal Beta Project does not consist of a set group of members. There are a few members who are constant but our group is open to those who want to join. We are all Animal Beta Project.
We created two videos as part of our efforts to get the word out to everyone about the crimes against these small kittens. These were videos that we created to send to Animal Shelters and Rescue groups in Montreal and Ontario in an effort to get him recognized in case he tried to adopt further animals.
We outreached to the OSPCA in Ontario, as well as the Toronto PD. After the second set of videos were published online in November 2011, we again reached out to the OSPCA and Toronto PD, who had opened a case on Magnotta.
We then found information that led us to believe he was residing in Montreal. After contacting the Toronto PD for advice; we got in touch with the Montreal SPCA and the Montreal PD. This was in March of 2012.