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The Dallas Morning News reported that a 22-year-old North Dallas man who tortured his dog by setting her on fire has been sentenced to four years in prison for animal cruelty.
Deshawn Brown was prosecuted for stabbing his dog, dousing her with gasoline and setting her afire in April 2006. Prosecutors say he was mad because she wouldn’t mate. Operation Kindness, a no-kill animal shelter in Carrollton, took her in but she died 10 days later.
Jonnie England, the shelterâ€™s executive director, was disappointed with the sentence. The offense carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Prosecutor David Alex asked jurors to give Mr. Brown that sentence — one year for each day the dog, named â€œMercyâ€ by shelter workers, suffered before dying.
Dan Wyde and Lee Westmoreland, attorneys for the defense, said that Mr. Brown deserved probation, not prison. Mr. Wyde called the case a “special-interest prosecution.” Outside the courtroom, he said that he believed that his client was not guilty
“Those animal rights groups did a good job of twisting arms,” Wyde said. He added that the groups used the Mercy case to raise money for their cause.
Mr. Brown’s fiancÃ©e, Megan Byrne, appeared to contradict the defense lawyerâ€™s claim that Brown was not guilty in her testimony during the penalty phase of the trial. She then told the jury that she had made mistakes in the past and had learned from them, and that Mr. Brown, could, too.
Source: Dallas Morning News