Crush Video Couple: Ashley Richards Expected to Testify Against Brent Justice (UPDATE)
"Written, verbal, and visual communication between the two inmates should be avoided" for the sake of "witnesses' safety, and to prevent any intimidation of said witnesses," according to the motion.
Prosecutor Jessica Milligan said her office is seeking the maximum sentence -- 10 years -- for each count against Richards. Milligan says prosecutors asking for "stacked" counts, meaning Richards could theoretically spend 50 years in prison.
Richards' public defender, Scott Pope, did not respond to a request for comment.
Both Richards and Justice are charged with felony cruelty to non-livestock animals, which carries a punishment of 180 days-2 years, and a fine up to $10,000. However, prosecutors also added a "deadly weapon" enhancement to the charges, which carries a sentence of 2-10 years. (Although the Houston Press has only seen portions of videos where Justice was off-screen, Justice's indictment states that Justice himself cut a dog's neck with a knife.)