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Case ID: 18886
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Prosecutor(s): Jaskhamal Dhillon
Defense(s): Heather Helvie
Judge(s): Van Hampton

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Saturday, Nov 19, 2011

County: Ford

Charges: Felony Non-CTA
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Jesse Goracke

A Ford man accused of shooting and killing a dog was charged Monday with cruelty to animals and felony possession of a firearm.

During a brief hearing, Jesse Goracke's next court date was tentatively set for 1 p.m. Dec. 1, and Attorney Heather Helvie was appointed to represent him.

Assistant Ford County Attorney Jaskhamal Dhillon asked District Judge Van Hampton to set Goracke's bond at $25,000.

"It's troubling that he was in possession of a firearm and that a dog was allegedly killed while he was in possession of a firearm," she said.

But Goracke said he was hoping he could post bond so he could return to work, because he needs to keep his job. Hampton set bond at $10,000, noting that Goracke would likely have to post a 10 percent premium - $1,000 - if he uses a bondsman.

After his bond was set, Goracke said, "Thanks, your Honor. I really appreciate your saving me here. And I apologize for the trouble."

Early Saturday evening, Ford County sheriff's deputies were sent to the 1000 block of Mulberry in Ford to investigate a report that a dog had been shot, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. When deputies arrived on the scene, the owner told them that the dog was in its yard when it was shot.

The owner was outside at the time and described the suspect's vehicle to the deputies.

The deputies then went to the 200 block of West 12th in Ford and contacted Goracke, according to the news release. After speaking with Goracke, they determined that he had shot the dog and arrested him on suspicion of animal cruelty and felony possession of a firearm.

The sheriff's office is still investigating the case.

If convicted, Goracke could be ordered to serve up to a year in prison for animal cruelty and seven to 23 months for criminal possession of a firearm. His actual sentence would depend on his criminal history.


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