Man that jumped zoo fence to pet cougar will serve jail time

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A 35-year-old man who crossed a fence to pet cougars at the Columbus Zoo will spend two days in jail.

Josh Newell pleaded no contest to a criminal trespassing charge in court Wednesday morning.

A Delaware County magistrate fined Newell $200 and sentenced him to two days in jail with another two days suspended.

When court costs are added, Newell will owe $354.

Video posted to YouTube showed Newell jumping a barrier to pet two adult cougars in the North America region of the zoo.

Newell previously told NBC4 he expected to be fined, but hopes he’s not banned from the zoo.

“I’ve thought about reaching out to them to do some volunteer work or donations, anything I can do to help them out,” he said.

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