A Florida man, recently found guilty of animal cruelty, could face a record sentence for his crimes, reported Tuesday’s CBS 12 News. A judge in Palm Beach County has delayed sentencing for 39-year-old Roderick Shelton in order to completely review his “extensive” criminal history.
On July 7, Shelton, who was arrested in December 2015 after multiple ailing and injured dogs were found at his residence, was found guilty of three counts of animal cruelty, and three counts of unlawful abandonment or confinement of an animal.
Shelton could face six years behind bars, which would be an area record for a misdemeanor case. Boynton Beach Animal Control Investigator Liz Roehrich commented on the possibility of a six year sentence to CBS 12, “It will be precedent-setting. The fact that she’s willing to entertain that, I’m extremely appreciative.”
Shelton has a lengthy criminal record, which includes drug violations and violent crime, reported the Palm Beach Post. Officials believe that Shelton’s dogs may have been involved in dog-fighting based on their injuries and the conditions which they were found – concrete evidence proving that dog-fighting was taking place was never found.
Shelton remains jailed – he is scheduled for sentencing in mid-August.