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Waterloo man gets prison time after using sawed-off shotgun to kill neighbor’s cat

A Waterloo man will serve more than three years in prison for having a sawed-off shotgun as a felon after he told the court he had used the gun to kill a neighbor’s cat.

James C. Voss, 25, was sentenced to 37 months in prison Friday for gun charges, according to a news release from the United States District Court of Southern Illinois. He’ll also have to serve two years of supervised release after his prison time.

At his change of plea hearing in September, Voss told the court he had killed a neighbor’s cat using the sawed-off shotgun and that he had previously been convicted of felony burglary, according to the release.

Voss’ arrest came about as a part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which combines all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime, according to the release. The investigation was conducted by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.