Staunton Man Accused of Shooting Pit Bull Avoids Jail Time

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Prosecutors have set aside all the charges against a Staunton man accused of shooting a pit bull during a home invasion.
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Tobias

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A life sentence for shooting a dog? A very strange country we live in. People don't get life for shooting other people.
Gnu

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"Boss" and James should be locked up together.
Sunny2468

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Tobias wrote:
A life sentence for shooting a dog? A very strange country we live in. People don't get life for shooting other people.
He was also charged for the home invasion, but dogs and cats being injured rile up the public and get better ratings than injured humans--even human children--so the pit bull makes the headlines. A story about a home invasion where only humans were shot wouldn't get six seconds of air time.

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This really isn't making sense to me. Some guy ('allegedly') breaks into this man's home, shoots his dog, and the charges will be dropped because a witness doesn't show up? People have been convicted without witnesses to break in's before......

If I remember the story correctly, it wasn't about a pitbull being shot. It was about a canine companion to a disabled person being shot.
truthbetold

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Ok this story is not clear to me
TEX

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tell us again, who did Boris shoot? is his owner recovering? why was the dog armed in the first place? if the shooter is known why is the dog in trouble? tell the break~in artist that there is a lady in Georgia wno can break him of that nasty habit with a 38 and she and the the dog both will be safe
Pat

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If the homeowner had been armed, he could have prevented his dog being shot!!! The dog was just doing his job by guarding the home!
Joe Public

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Was the dog invading, or defending the home? Was the shooter the invader or defender??
Sunny2468

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Pat wrote:
If the homeowner had been armed, he could have prevented his dog being shot!!! The dog was just doing his job by guarding the home!
If I remember correctly, the criminal who broke in encountered the dog immediately upon entry in another room from where the disabled owner was sitting in his wheelchair. The dog was shot out of sight of the owner, so in this case being armed would not have saved the dog from being shot, but afterwards the owner could have made the criminal very sorry he shot the dog in the first place.
Sunny2468

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If the witness was issued a subpoena each of the three times this case came before the court and he failed to show up each time, why don't they issue a bench warrant and hold him until he can be forced to testify as a hostile witness??? I'm sure the witness is afraid to testify against a gang banger, but them's the breaks when you involve yourself in with scary people.

I know of a case where even a child who tried to recant because she was afraid to testify against her abuser was threatened with arrest and being held in juvenile hall until the trial date to make sure she testified.
Pat

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Sunny2468 wrote:
<quoted text>If I remember correctly, the criminal who broke in encountered the dog immediately upon entry in another room from where the disabled owner was sitting in his wheelchair. The dog was shot out of sight of the owner, so in this case being armed would not have saved the dog from being shot, but afterwards the owner could have made the criminal very sorry he shot the dog in the first place.
Exactly!!!
Judy Mitchell

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Jan 14, 2013
 
Right and whose friend is this witness the
sheriff.
Smart Ask Attitude

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Judy Mitchell wrote:
Right and whose friend is this witness the
sheriff.
It's the city of Staunton--police department, not sheriff's department. The city sheriff is a process server.

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