A West Virginia man convicted for the malicious killing of a puppy was sentenced to prison time in Kanawha Circuit court on Friday, reported the Charleston Daily Mail. Richard T. Jones, 21, could spend up to eight years in prison for shooting his now ex-girlfriend’s puppy, “Marcy,” in November.
According to Kanawha County prosecutors, Jones was upset that Janet Absen, who owned the pup, was out with another person and he decided to direct his anger towards the pup. Prosecutors stated that Jones told Absen that he would kill her pup if she did not return home – the pup was shot multiple times and her body was found in a ditch. Jones claimed that someone else did the shooting, but admitted that he was there.
In a WCHS News report, Janet Absen said, “He took away something from me that I’ll never have again. This dog was my daughter, she meant everything to me.”
Judge Duke Bloom expressed disdain for Jones’ behavior – he stated: “you’ve gone out in the community and shown that you have a total disregard for life, whether it’s that of a puppy dog or a human being. With your antisocial characteristics there, I don’t know what the next level is,
Jones will have to serve consecutive sentences for the animal cruelty conviction and a failure to appear in court conviction.
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