ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — According to the Albany County District Attorney, Zechariah Squires, 30, of Coeymans was arraigned on Friday, following a grand jury indictment on charges of assault and abuse of a woman, a dog, and a kitten.
Squires pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Albany County grand jury indictment alleges that around August 18 in Coeymans, Squires physically assaulted a woman he knew and forced her to take a drug and perform a sex act. It also alleges that he kept her from leaving by threatening her with deadly force.
During the attack, he allegedly placed his knee on the neck of a dog, punching it several times in the head. He also allegedly twisted a kitten’s neck. Both injured animals survived.
Charges against squires include:
- Second-degree kidnapping
- First-degree criminal sexual act
- Second-degree assault
- Second-degree strangulation
- Third-degree assault
- Two counts of torturing or injuring animals
If convicted on all counts, these charges could amount to just under 58 years behind bars, according to state sentencing guidelines.
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