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Animal-cruelty suspect found competent ; Faces trial on charge of marinating cat

A Cheektowaga man arrested in August for allegedly marinating his cat for a meal has been found competent to stand trial in the animal-cruelty case.

Gary L. Korkuc, 52, will go on trial Jan. 26.

He was recently returned to Buffalo after being apprehended by Maryland authorities not long after he failed to show up Aug. 17 for a court hearing.

Korkuc on Wednesday appeared in Buffalo City Court, where acting City Judge Philip M. Marshall set bail for Korkuc's release.

Prosecutors had asked that Korkuc be kept in custody.

"He flees to Maryland," Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said. "A number of authorities are involved in finding him. He's found. Then he fights extradition, costing us thousands of dollars to get him back here. Of course, we asked for no bail."

A resident of Williamstowne Court apartments in South Cheektowaga, Korkuc was arrested by Buffalo police Aug. 8, after he had been stopped by Ferry-Fillmore Officers OVER 10 LNsJerry Guilian and John Poisson for running a stop sign, police said.

The officers heard a cat in the trunk and found the 4-year-old cat in a cage -- "marinating" in a concoction of crushed red peppers, chili pepper, salt and oil, police said.

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