A Norfolk County grand jury Thursday indicted the Quincy man accused of torturing and mutilating “Puppy Doe” in September.
Radoslaw Czerkawski, 32, was handed 12 counts of animal abuse and one count of misleading police. Czerkawski was scheduled to go before a Quincy District Court judge in Massachusetts on December 20, but the grand jury indictment moves his case to the Norfolk Superior Court.
Criminal cases heard in a district court carry a maximum penalty of two-and-a-half years. If convicted in the Norfolk Superior Court, Czerkawski could be sentenced to five years for each count of animal cruelty and would serve his sentence in a state prison. He could also have to serve his sentences consecutively instead of concurrently.
After completing his sentence, Czerkawski, an illegal Polish immigrant will most likely be deported.
At his October 29 arraignment, Czerkawski pleaded not guilty to all charges. An arraignment date for his appearance in the Superior Court has not been set. Czerkawski is being held on $500,000 cash bail.