Man to be sentenced for animal abuse

Victor has recovered amazingly well from his horrific injuries.

In a pretrial hearing on the morning of Friday, October 2, 2015, Clinton Johnson pleaded guilty to a 3rd degree felony of causing serious bodily injury to an animal with a deadly weapon. Johnson made headlines recently for stabbing a dog twice with a blade that was attached to a portion of PVC pipe. He slashed the dog's neck and penetrated the dog's right hip down through the leg. Neighbors were able to trap the hurt animal and get him to a veterinarian for medical attention, including removal of the blade.

Though Johnson was 16 at the time of the offense, Judge John Stevens declared he was certified to stand trial as an adult, and was facing 2-10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In exchange for the guilty plea, Johnson was offered a deal that carries a 5-year cap, which means he can receive anything from probation to 5 years in prison. He will be sentenced on November 2, 2015 after a pre-sentencing report by the probation department.

District Attorney Bob Wortham, who is personally prosecuting, stated, "We want to send a message to the community that this type of conduct will not be tolerated. People will be held responsible for their actions."