A former Kansas University international student who pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty will be deported to his home country of Turkey, prosecutors said Friday.
Cem Basoflas, 21, appeared Friday afternoon in Douglas County District Court, where Judge Robert Fairchild sentenced him to 30 days in jail, time that he has already served. Prosecutors said Basoflas will be held in jail until immigration officials take him into custody.
He pleaded guilty in April to severely injuring a cat in August and for torturing and killing a dog in February.
“Something that even now gives me goose bumps, makes me cry,” said Midge Grinstead, director of the Lawrence Humane Society, which helped in the investigation. “It was horrible.”
Basoflas faced a sentence of between 30 days and one year in jail on each charge. Prosecutors recommended the minimum sentence, coupled with the defendant’s deportation.
“While I have a strong desire to see Mr. Basoflas serve a significant sentence in jail, I must do what is best for our community,” District Attorney Charles Branson said in a statement issued after Friday’s sentencing. “At a jail expense of $113 a day, public safety is best served by his deportation from our community and our country.”
Basoflas was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay the Lawrence Humane Society $1,400 in restitution for investigative fees and $3,473 in restitution for services performed by veterinarian James Kraft.