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Monday, Sep 5, 2011County: Winnebago
Defendant/Suspect: James Albright, III
Case Updates: 1 update(s) available
James Albright III of Omro was charged Tuesday in Winnebago County court with a count of mistreating an animal for allegedly beating a dog to death.
A cash bond of $2,500 was set. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 22.
According to the complaint, police officers notified the dog's owners - Albright and his roommate - that they would need to get rid of their two dogs due to poor living conditions in their home.
After the officers left, the roommate said Albright, 18, told him, "if I can't have Harley, nobody can." Harley was one of the dogs, a Rottweiler mix.
The roommate told police Albright allegedly took him and Harley for a drive. They pulled up to a field near Sherman and Snell roads in Oshkosh, and Albright got out of the car with a baseball bat, saying he intended to kill the dog. The roommate tried to talk him out of it, but Albright replied "this is what all rednecks do with their dogs."
The roommate turned away but heard at least six "pings" from the baseball bat, and saw blood on it.
Albright told his roommate, "if you say anything to anyone, I'll do the same thing I did to the dog to you." Albright then bought the roommate lunch at McDonald's, according to the complaint.
The roommate later led police to the scene, where they found the dog's body with "clear injuries to its head and face."
Albright's fiancee told police Albright initially told her the dog had slipped out of its collar and run away. Albright later admitted to his fiancee he beat the dog to death. He then began to cry and hung up the phone with the fiancee.
If convicted, Albright faces up to three and a half years in prison.
The criminal complaint does not mention what became of the other dog.
|An Omro man who beat a puppy to death rather than follow police orders to give up the dog will serve six months in jail and three years of probation.|
In sentencing James A. Albright III, Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Karen Seifert called Albrght's actions a senseless, violent act that did not make sense.
"If you care about something that much, it's not logical that you could cause its death in this manner," Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Karen Seifert said.
According to the criminal complaint, Albright beat Harley, his Rottweiler-mix puppy, to death with a baseball bat in a field near Sherman and Snell roads on Sept. 5 after police officers told him and his roommate to get rid of their two dogs because of poor living conditions.
The roommate told police Albright said, "If I can't have Harley, nobody can," according to the complaint.
Seifert withheld sentence Wednesday and placed Albright, 19, on probation for three years for convictions of mistreatment of animals causing death and felony bail jumping. Seifert also ordered Albright to serve six months in jail, with an additional six months stayed. The Omro man must also perform 100 hours of community service and may not own any animals for five years.
While Seifert said Albright's actions were senseless, violent and pre-meditated, she said she believed placing Albright on probation was an appropriate step that would allow him to receive counseling and be supervised, but still leave open the possibility of a stiffer sentence if his probation is revoked because he can not abide by the rules.
|Source: thenorthwestern.com - Feb 8, 2012|
Update posted on Feb 9, 2012 - 10:10PM
- fox11online.com - Sep 13, 2011
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