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Former KU student sentenced to deportation in animal cruelty case

Cem Basoflas stands with his lawyer during his sentencing at the Douglas County Courthouse Friday, May 8, 2009.

Cem Basoflas stands with his lawyer during his sentencing at the Douglas County Courthouse Friday, May 8, 2009.

May 8, 2009

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Former KU student sentenced to deportation in animal cruelty case

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. Enlarge video

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.

Comments

Bleachergal 5 years, 7 months ago

Good Riddance! Maybe a little waterboarding would be in order for this guy before he leaves!

cthulhu_4_president 5 years, 7 months ago

"Billy, have you ever spent time in a Turkish bathhouse?" -Peter Graves, Airplane

"Cemmy, have you ever spent time in a Turkish prison?" - Me, to Cem Basoflas

kmat 5 years, 7 months ago

sorry Branson, but it is worth it to keep this bastard locked up. If everyone out there knew all the details of what he did, people would be beating down the DA's door demanding justice be served. He will be a free man in Turkey. And the vets office that still has the cat didn't get reimbursed for the thousands they've spent on the cat, and they had to keep the cat as evidence until the case was settled.

Someone please run against Branson in the next election. He's a joke!

kmat 5 years, 7 months ago

Actually cheeseburger - under laws recently passed, he should have served a year. Animal cruelty is now a felony in KS (finally).

It wouldn't matter where he was from, Branson won't push for harsh sentencing on anyone.

madameX 5 years, 7 months ago

Did they ever determine if he was the cat killer?

sumalon 4 years, 3 months ago

Yes the story reached Turkey. We have Animal Laws too, but the crime took place in the U.S.A and he can be tried according to US law. So in my opinion he can not be sentenced again in Turkey for the crime thathas outside the jurisdiction of Turkish courts. I don't know whether he already got deported and went back to Turkey or not. I just saw this story in Turkish Facebook and start surfing the net to get the English version and more details about the sentencing. I did not know this crime took place more than a year ago..

dedicatedtomyjob 5 years, 7 months ago

How would a U.S. citizen be treated if they did this??? we cant be deported back to our home counrty cause we're already there. if a mexican that was here illeagley did this they would get away scott free. why should we treat someone that is here leagly for shooling worse than we do someone who is here illeagley takeing our jobs from us and working for less pay than we would? im not saying what he did was right.. its a terrable thing to do, but come on, its an animal... if it were in the wild, it would be up to natural sellection wether it lived or died if the other animals beat it up. dont get me wrong.. i have 5 cats and i love them all dearly, but i dont take them to the vet every time they get the sniffles or a cut paw. theyre animals and thats why God made theyr mouths cleaner than ours.. so they can lick theyr wounds and be healthy the way God designed nature to be.

dandelion 5 years, 7 months ago

cheeseburger (Anonymous) says… I wonder what the sentence would have been had the accused been a U.S. citizen. Probably a slap on the hand - a typical sentence for crime around these parts!

Just be glad he didn't graduate to people. Animal torturers are generally mass murderers in the making. Now Turkey will have to deal with him, and it won't be pretty.

ebyrdstarr 5 years, 7 months ago

kmat, the proper sentence for felony animal cruelty is exactly what the ljworld story says: between 30 days and 1 year in jail.

CrystalKU 5 years, 7 months ago

People keep assuming he will be punished in Turkey as well, but will he? Can he be punished in Turkey for a crime he was already charged and sentenced for in a different country? My guess is he will be free to do it again, just in Turkey. It's a sickening thought.

madameX 5 years, 7 months ago

"if a mexican that was here illeagley did this they would get away scott free. why should we treat someone that is here leagly for shooling worse than we do someone who is here illeagley takeing our jobs from us and working for less pay than we would?"

What does this have to do with anything? Who cares if he was in the country legally or not? The point is that he committed a crime that he should receive a real sentence for, not just a slap on the wrist and a free plane ticket home. If illegal immigrants are committing felonies and being deported instead of punished I agree that's a problem, but it's hardly justification for not punishing a legal immigrant.

But maybe you don't have the "leagl shooling" to know that.

teeef 5 years, 7 months ago

So now he gets a trip home courtesy of Uncle Sam? And this is punishment? Sounds as if someone missed the point here, and it began with a prosecutor who thought his office had better things to do than try a case that would have inflamed public opinion and forced a harsher sentence.

It's irrelevant which country he was from, or whether he was a legal resident or not. What's important is the signal sent to the community about how animal abuse is regarded in Douglas County courts.

Of course, country of origin might be relevant if the Turkish embassy weighed in with the prosecutor, given the deep deference our country now gives to that government. Ask an Armenian if you doubt. Was there communication with Turkish case officers on this? Someone should ask.

beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

He was a KU student -- shouldn't they just contact his parents?

b_asinbeer 5 years, 7 months ago

teef...

I think YOU should ask the Turkish officers since you are so curious.

btw, don't play the Armenian card on this one. That's another topic for another day.

Bossa_Nova 5 years, 7 months ago

maybe that sicko will go to a turkish jail

frowniebrown 5 years, 7 months ago

this is GREAT for us and all but....there are PLEANTY of inocent animals in Turkey too. As an animal lover, ALL animals deserve protection from this guy. So thats it? He just a free man in Turkey? I hope whatever community he goes back to is 100% aware of what he does, other wise we are just setting them up for murdered animals, and perhaps eventually he'll move on to human victims.This doesn't make any sense!

Bossa_Nova 5 years, 7 months ago

i agree with you frowniebrown. spot on.

TheYetiSpeaks 5 years, 7 months ago

This guy will torture and kill humans at some point unless stopped. Not many people are privy to what was on this guy's computer while he was torturing and violating these animals but lets just say that it is pretty clear he will move on to children at some point. I feel badly for the children of Turkey. Lock him up.

Christine Anderson 5 years, 7 months ago

Branson, who stole your set? Geez, get rid of the wimp. There may be fair reason to hope that Bastardfloss will get what he deserves in Turkey. My first husband was Iranian-Turkish. He said that people who do s!@* like this can be stoned to death or worse. That is, if the Turks prosecute him. Of course, we can always hope that even if the Turkish government does not go after him, perhaps some kind, upstanding Turkish citizens will "take care of him"; you know, like some inmate in a Wi prison made sure justice was served on Jeffrey Dahmer? One of my sisters was in on Dahmer's autopsy; I hear he got precisely what he deserved. Let us pray.

HW 5 years, 7 months ago

Google this sick f-ers name. This story is all over the net. I am sure it has reached Turkey (let's hope).

TheYetiSpeaks 5 years, 7 months ago

I have it on good authority that concerned Turkish citizens currently in the US have personally made sure that Turkish media outlets have all the news they need.

RedwoodCoast 5 years, 7 months ago

And he leaves the safety of a United States prison facility...

I'm not sure how shame works in Turkish culture nor how that is evident in government, but I hope that it does not work in this guy's favor.

cfdxprt 5 years, 7 months ago

Keep him locked up until INS gets here, hopefully soon. My guess is that people in Turkey know all they need to about this guy, and I'd be 'carping' my pants to go back. Some cultures still are serious about punishment, even if it isn't dealt out by authorities. If we get him out quick, my guess is he's seen his last B-day, or he'll wish he has...

Centerville 5 years, 7 months ago

In Istanbul, the city government tags and cares for a number of dogs that are allowed roam the streets. They seem healthy, happy and completely at ease. But in those areas where Islam (ROP) is taking over, given that Mo told them that dogs are dirty, I'll bet it's pretty awful for dogs (and everyone else).

megiddo 5 years, 7 months ago

Holy Toledo! This thread is incredibly depressing. I'm sorry for your collective tragedy.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

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.


so, how does this restitution get collected? we skin the dude and tan his hide? what in the world is the judge thinking? what is Branson thinking?

kiss that money good bye!

right on kmat, we rarely agree but on this one we sure do:

Branson has to go!

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