Victor Hugo Cuevas will receive 504 days credit for time served. His defense attorney, Michael W. Elliott, did not immediately return a message from CNN seeking comment Wednesday.
Cuevas said, “That is my tiger,” approached the tiger, grabbed it by the collar, kissed it on the forehead, and took it into the house, according to Wes Manion, an off-duty deputy from Waller County who lives in the west Houston neighborhood where the incident happened.
Manion said he watched Cuevas get in a white SUV with the tiger on board. He gave Cuevas numerous commands to stop, but Cuevas drove off.
The Cuevases were the owners of the tiger, Houston Police Cmdr. Ron Borza said. Victor Cuevas’ attorney had denied that, saying his client was taking care of the tiger for someone else, whom he declined to identify.
It is illegal to house a tiger in Houston, Borza said.