A US man convicted of breaking into a zoo and brutally beating to death a Patas monkey will spend up to a year in prison, where he will take part in a treatment programme.
A judge sentenced 22-year-old Michael Watkins today for his role in the November 17 crime at the Boise Zoo in western Idaho state.
Watkins gave a brief statement before sentencing, apologising for his actions.
Fourth District Judge Lynn G. Norton rejected defence requests for probation.
Instead, Judge Norton said she wanted to impose a punishment fitting the crime that still enables Watkins to turn his life around.
Watkins was convicted of felony grand theft and animal cruelty, a misdemeanour in Idaho.
The judge will revisit sentencing after Watkins completes treatment.