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5 Harshest Sentences Handed Down to Killers of Police K-9s

By    |   Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:34 AM

Police K-9s are valuable assets to police departments and to the individual officers who work with them. Those who kill police K-9s face hefty sentences. The U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Animal Protection Act of 2000 stated that a police animal-killing perpetrator could face as much as 10 years of prison time.

Here are five cases in which police K-9 killers received harsh sentences.

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1. John Lewis Rush
In March 2015, John Lewis Rush of Stowe Township, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 17 years, 9 months to 44 years in prison after being convicted of torturing and killing a police dog and of aggravated assault on the dog’s handler and three other officers. Rocco, fallen K-9 dog, was later the first to dog to be inducted into the Amen Corner Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, WXPI-TV reported. The incident also prompted the state to pass “Rocco’s Law,” enacting stiffer penalties for anyone who hurts or kills a police dog.

2. Ivins Rosier
Ivins Rosier, a 17-year-old Florida resident, was tried as an adult after breaking into a retired cop’s residence and shooting Drake, a retired drug-sniffing K-9. Rosier was charged with animal cruelty, armed burglary and shooting in an occupied residence and sentenced to 23 years in prison reported The Daily Mail.

3. Joseph Turner
Joseph Turner, a South Carolina veteran affected by PTSD and substance abuse, was convicted of robbing a PNC Bank and shooting Magnum, a police dog, in 2012. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 6 more months suspended for the harm to Magnum. Officer Matt Jarret, Magnum’s handler, said he and his children were traumatized by the dog’s death, reported WXIN-TV.

4. Mahmoud Eid
In Australia, Mahmoud Eid was arrested and sentenced to four years and one month in prison after kicking a police K-9 and pushing a police officer during a Muslim riot in which demonstrators protested the showing of and anti-Islam film, according to Time Magazine.

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5. Paul Vukmanich
Paul Vukmanich was convicted of animal cruelty, possession of a weapon, impaired driving and resisting arrest in 2014 after he allegedly repeatedly swung, punched, stabbed and killed Quanto, the police dog in Edmonton, Canada. He was sentenced to 26 months in prison, including 18 months for the dog’s death.

Larry Anderson, Provincial Court judge, told Vukmanich the crime was “an attack against your society and what's meaningful in our society. The hurt from your actions was widespread,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

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