Today, Keith Elgin Shepherd was found guilty of unlawfully discharging a weapon and animal cruelty but avoided any jail time or significant fines. Judge Thomas Pryal found him guilty on both counts–animal cruelty and unlawful discharge of a weapon. Shepherd was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation, 80 hours of community service, and a total of $1500 in fines ($500 for the animal cruelty and $1000 on the gun charge). The $1000 is suspended provided he completes his probation without incident. Before sentencing, Shepherd was given the option to accept the sentence and receive a Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) which prevents him from any appeal and allows the judgment to be erased from his record once the sentence is complete. The bottom line is a guilty verdict, a year probation, 2 weeks of community service and $500 plus costs.
He should have got jail time for KILLING Bear-Bear and it stinks that this will be erased from his record once the sentence is complete. I just hope that Rachel and Ryan Rettaliata sue him for every dime he has. I know money will not bring Bear-Bear back but somehow these jerks who kill our pets have to be made to pay.
Federal officer gets probation in dog park shooting of Bear-Bear