The California man who tortured and burned a puppy has been sentenced to time behind the bars of a state prison. According to Saturday’s publication of the Sacramento Bee, on Friday, 21-year-old Willie Bee Turner, of Oakland, was sentenced to three years and eight months for his crime.
In March, Turner was found guilty of the malicious killing of an animal, animal abuse and arson, for burning the eight-week-old Chihuahua puppy to death. Though Turner was found guilty and sentenced to time in prison, Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley expressed disdain for the light sentence. Bagley stated, “This is a piddly sentence for such a heinous crime.”
On January 22, the charred body of Turner’s pup was found in a crate outside of a fraternal lodge in Sacramento County. Jurors present for the cruelty case heard testimony outlining the tragic events that led up to the final, violent act that claimed the puppy’s life. According to testimony, witnesses saw the pup shortly before she was burned – the witnesses claim that the pup was limping and that she smelled like alcohol and bleach. Turner is believed to have abused and killed his pup because she defecated inside of an apartment.
In addition to prison time, Turner is prohibited from owning a pet for 10 years and he will be registered as a lifetime arson offender, in addition to being prohibited from owning or possession a firearm.
Prior story about this incident here.
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