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Man sentenced for running over wife's dog

A man accused of deliberately running over his estranged wife's dog was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
April 28, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man accused of deliberately running over his estranged wife's pet Chihuahua was sentenced on Monday to 16 months in prison.

"I don't know what else to say. I don't know what would possess someone like you to do something like this," said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz.

Parker, 45, was facing five years in prison for felony animal cruelty and animal neglect charges. But last week, he struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded no contest to an animal cruelty charge in exchange for a 16-month sentence. Under that plea agreement, additional charges of animal cruelty and petty theft of a dog were dismissed, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Security cameras captured Parker taking the 5-year-old dog out of his trunk in a Hawthorne alley, and then running over the animal on Dec. 28. Cow Cow, who belonged to his estranged wife at the time, was left to die.

"You planned this. You snatched the dog. You put it in the trunk. Luckily, somebody was watching this, and they couldn't believe what they were seeing," Schwartz said.

Parker had nothing to say for himself in court.

"The situation here is, this was for spite. You were going through a divorce," Schwartz said, adding that if the case had gone to trial, he would have gotten a longer sentence if convicted. "The facts of this case are just horrible," Schwartz said.

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