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March 7, 2014

Beverly man jailed in torture, death of kitten

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According to prosecutors, Geyer’s relationship with that family turned violent; he was charged with domestic abuse in Illinois in 2010. He then returned to Massachusetts.

Both Brown and Geyer’s biological father, who lives in Amesbury, now want nothing to do with their son.

Prosecutor Lynsey Legier, who had urged the maximum penalty on all three charges against Geyer, suggested that Geyer has had the benefit of treatment in the past.

His hospitalizations for mental illness started when he was 3, the judge had noted.

But Legier said that treatment and the love and support of adoptive parents weren’t enough to stop Geyer from turning to violence.

“Just because this defendant faced a hard life does not give him the right to do what he did to a defenseless kitten, or to his mother,” said Legier.

She described the findings of the necropsy and suggested, “It’s not a stretch to imagine him doing this to a human being.”

Defense attorney Steve Reardon said Geyer’s life has been a “litany of sorrow” from childhood.

But he urged the judge to release him to a treatment program as soon as possible. “If he does not get the necessary treatment, and soon, we’re committing him to a life of re-offending,” said Reardon. “If we give him the treatment he needs, at least we have some hope of getting a better human being.”

Geyer, who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, witness intimidation and domestic assault and battery in January, has undergone a pre-sentencing mental health evaluation at the request of the judge.

Doctors and the court’s social worker have recommended treatment for Geyer once he is released.

The judge agreed and made that residential behavioral treatment a requirement of his sentence.

Because he has spent more than a year in custody since his arrest, Geyer will be eligible for parole in just a couple of months, after completing 15 months of the 21/2 year sentence.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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