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Hooray! The Easter bunny will now be safe in Florida! March 31, 2012

A 35-year-old Winter Haven man accepted a plea deal this morning for killing three bunnies with his hands during an argument with his wife.

Reginald Owen Sear Jr. is expected to receive about two years in prison and five years of probation under the terms of his agreement with prosecutors.

Circuit Judge Ellen S. Masters set a sentencing hearing for April 11.

Sear was arrested last year after police responded to a disturbance call at his home.

Sear killed the animals during a May 24 argument with his wife about who would wake up to feed the bunnies, reports state.

Sear took the bunnies into the bathroom and twisted them with his hands.

The couple’s children didn’t see the bunnies die, but one child told police that Sear returned from the bathroom with blood on his face.

This morning, he pleaded guilty to three counts of cruelty to an animal, two counts of child abuse and one count of domestic battery.

Assistant State Attorney Mark Levine said plea negotiations went forward with Sear in part to protect the children from having to testify.

Under the conditions of his probation, Sear cannot own or take care of any animals.

He must complete an anger management class as well as undergo a mental heath evaluation and follow any recommended treatment.

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