Jacksonville woman pleads guilty to conspiracy to create and distribute ‘animal crush’ videos

Nicole Devilbiss, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to create and distribute animal-crushing videos, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to the press release, animal crushing is defined under federal criminal law as “actual conduct in which one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians, is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury.”

Devilbiss faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

According to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in Sep. 2023, investigators received information about a Jacksonville resident, who was recognized as an administrator of a social media application group chat that was solely dedicated to the abuse, torture, and death of various-aged monkeys.

The HSI’s investigation revealed a network of group messages about the torture and abuse of monkeys, as well as videos showing animal abuse and torture of the animals.

HSI also stated that the name of Devilbiss group changed multiple times to avoid law enforcement suspicion, the release reported.

Devilbiss and her co-conspirators all collectively funded and operated the animal-crushing site between Apr 14, 2022, and May 23, 2023.

Authorities were able to track Devilbiss down due to her online payment applications funding the creation of animal crush videos.

She shared the same IP addresses from the transactions tied to her internet account and her residence. After a federal search warrant was issued authorities seized numerous electronic devices for evidence.

Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) found a multitude of videos depicting the torture of monkeys.

No sentencing date has been set yet.

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