Tortoise torture suspect in court for new charges



CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - The suspect in the tortoise torture case appeared before a judge Thursday morning on new charges

Jennifer Greene, 18, is charged with a count of lewd and lascivious battery on another person. The charges come from a different case that investigators say happened about a week before she turned 18. 

At court, the judge appointed Greene a public defender. Greene will remain in jail unless she bonds out on adult charges. 

The State Attorney's Office says it has filed the case and plans to prosecute her in adult court. She faces a possible 15-year prison sentence, the State Attorney's Office said. 

Greene was arrested last week and is accused of stomping on a gopher tortoise and setting it on fire. She faces five years in prison for animal cruelty charges in the tortoise torture case, which is scheduled to be reviewed by a judge on Aug. 27. 

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