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Friday, Jan 20, 2012County: Baxter
Charges: Felony CTA
Defendant/Suspect: Gary Jackson
Case Updates: 1 update(s) available
A Mountain Home man was arrested after police said he killed his ex-girlfriend's Chihuahua by putting it in the washing machine.
On Friday, police received a call that Gary E. Jackson, 30, was trashing his ex-girlfriend's apartment off Eighth Street, according to a Mountain Home Police Department news release.
The victim, who was not home at the time of the incident, said she was worried Jackson was going to destroy her belongings and said he had threatened to kill her dog.
When officers arrived, they found the apartment in disarray and many of the victim's belongings were destroyed. Officers found a dead Chihuahua in the washing machine, and believe Jackson had put the dog in the appliance while it was alive, said Mountain Home Police Chief Carry Manuel.
Police arrested Jackson on aggravated cruelty to animals and first-degree criminal mischief, both class D felonies, according to the release.
He was taken to the Baxter County Detention Center with bail at $25,000. He is scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court on Jan. 26.
The state's animal cruelty law changed in 2009 to make aggravated cruelty to dogs, cats and horses a felony on the first offense.
|It's two years in prison for a Mountain Home man who killed his ex-girlfriend's Chihuahua in a washing machine. That's the sentence Gary Eugene Jackson received when he pleaded no contest Thursday in Baxter County Circuit Court.|
Five other people also changed their pleas before Circuit Judge John Putman, and two of them also received prison terms.
Jackson, 30, changed his plea two weeks after being arraigned on charges of aggravated animal cruelty and first-degree criminal mischief â€" both felonies â€" for the Jan. 20 incident. With a no-contest plea, Jackson did not disagree with the allegations against him.
Deputy Prosecutor Kerry Chism told the court that on Jan. 20 Jackson was "going through a bad break-up with his girlfriend" and had gone to her apartment, which he vandalized. He said there still is some question about how much damage there was to the woman's property and clothes and how much restitution Jackson owes.
In the process of vandalizing the apartment, said Chism, Jackson placed the woman's Chihuahua into a washing machine and "turned it on."
"During the wash cycle, the dog died," Chism told the court.
After hearing the details of the case, Putman declared Jackson guilty. He sentenced Jackson to two years in the Department of Correction on each charge, with the terms running concurrently. In addition, Putman fined Jackson $1,000 plus $670 in costs and fees. Putman also ordered him to pay restitution when it's determined.
Jackson was sentenced under the 2009 state law that makes aggravated animal cruelty a felony on the first offense.
|Source: baxterbulletin.com - Feb 16, 2012|
Update posted on Feb 17, 2012 - 8:30AM
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