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Case ID: 9989
Classification: Beating
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Drugs or alcohol involved
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Thursday, Sep 14, 2006

County: Providence

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Junior Alexander Guerrero

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

A Providence landlord is accused of beating a tenant's puppy to death with a baseball bat.

Junior Guerrero was arraigned Sept 14 in Providence District Court on charges of malicious killing of an animal and marijuana possession. No plea was entered.

Guerrero, 27, is accused of killing the 2-month-old Labrador-pit bull mix on the night of Sept 13 outside his home on Plain Street. Guerrero's lawyer said the dog was vicious and his client was defending himself.

"The dog has a vicious propensity. I think that's clear. I don't think there's any question about that. I don't think there was ever any intent to see the death of the dog come about in any manner," defense lawyer Joseph Voccola said.

The dog's owner told news media the puppy was friendly, and she said she doesn't know why anyone would harm it.

Guerrero posted $2,500 bail and was released. He's due back in court in November.

Police allegedly found marijuana in Guerrero's car when they arrested him.


Case Updates

Junior Guerrero pled nolo contendere to one felony count of malicious injury to animals and one count of possession of marijuana on April 12, 2007, in Providence County Superior Court.

According to court records, on May 3rd Guerrero was given a two year sentence. He will serve 18 months in custody, and an additional 6 months on probation. In addition, Guerrero was ordered to perform community service and pay court fines.
Source: Case # 2006-3791A
Update posted on May 4, 2007 - 9:47PM 
Junior Guerrero will appear in court for a pre-trial conference on April 12, 2007.

The Providence landlord is accused of beating a tenant's puppy to death with a baseball bat last fall. Police also allegedly found marijuana in Guerrero's car when he was arrested.

The matter is being heard in the Licht Judicial Complex in Providence.
Source: Case # P2-2006-3791A
Update posted on Apr 2, 2007 - 4:29PM 

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