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.READ MORE: WHO Says Monkeypox Is Not An International Public Health Emergency, But It Should Continue To Be Monitored
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.READ MORE: Ashcraft Goes 8, Reds Beat Giants 4-2 To Halt 7-Game Skid
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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