PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A Dunlap man at the center of an animal abuse scandal last summer was sentenced to four years in prison Friday.

Nicholas Prince, 39, was in court and pleaded guilty to animal torture regarding an incident captured on video of him beating a 13-month-old German Shepherd named Mika.

In the video, Prince punched and kicked Mika for nearly a minute.

Prince was originally arrested for animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, and released. After public outcry, his charges were upgraded to felony animal torture.