LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) – A California pit bull owner whose dogs fatally mauled a woman has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Alex Donald Jackson was sentenced Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court for second-degree murder.

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Prosecutors asked for 24 years to life imprisonment for the killing last year of Pamela Devitt and drug charges.

Devitt was taking a morning stroll in the high desert town of Littlerock when four of Jackson’s dogs leaped over a fence and attacked her.

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Prosecutors say the dogs guarded Jackson’s marijuana-growing operation and he knew the animals were dangerous.

A murder conviction in a dog mauling death is rare. Prosecutors say Jackson should have done more to restrain the animals.

 

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