Probation rejected for teen who nearly killed dog

Probation rejected for teen who nearly killed dog

Clinton Johnson, who in a pretrial hearing on October 2, 2015 pleaded guilty to a 3rd degree felony of causing serious bodily injury to an animal with a deadly weapon, was in Judge Stevens’ court again today, Monday, November 2, 2015.

District Attorney Bob Wortham, who accused Johnson of premeditated attempted murder of a helpless animal, withdrew the “aggravated deadly weapon” portion from the charge, which brought the 3rd degree felony down to a state jail felony. Johnson faces up to two years in jail, but with good behavior has the possibility of being sent to SAFP (Substance Abuse Felony Punishment), a state drug program that is an option considering Johnson’s record of substance abuse including cocaine, ecstasy, and synthetic marijuana.

Present in the courtroom was Victor, the miniature pinscher Johnson nearly killed, with his new owner Monica Lemoine, to ensure justice was done. Defense attorney Kevin Laine asked Judge Stevens for probation, which Stevens rejected, saying this was an “accountability moment,” and that since Johnson had 13 juvenile offenses (16 after the attack on Victor), he was certified to be tried as an adult. 

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