posted on Oct, 9 2004 @ 04:45 PM
Causing harm to an animal is a horrible thing. The punishment for killing an animal should be that of the punishment for killing a fellow human being.
A man who beheaded a German shepherd he had named for his girlfriend was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life under the state's three-strikes law.
He is in a lot of trouble....
James Abernathy, 43, was convicted in June of felony animal cruelty for killing the dog, named Marie, after a fight with his girlfriend.
Abernathy would have faced a maximum of six years if not for two prior convictions in 1986 for assault with a deadly weapon.
Defense lawyers claimed Abernathy suffered from schizophrenia and psychotic delusions. The judge, however, ruled he was sane at the time of the
January 2002 violence.
"In the two years I've known him, he's been on anti-psychotic medication and he's probably one of the calmest, most rational, pleasant people
I've ever dealt with in this system," said Abernathy's attorney, William Morrissey.
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The punishment for killing an animal should be 25 years, maybe even more. It is alive too, they have feelings. Why did he kill it? Because it was
named after his wife. Obviously this person has something wrong in his head.
Not only did he kill the animal but he did it in such a horrific way that makes you wonder if he should be let back into society.
If he is displaying this kind of behaviour now, on an animal, imagine what he can do to another human being.
[edit on 10-10-2004 by SkepticOverlord]