Man sentenced to decades in prison

Man who shot a police dog sentenced to decades in prison

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A man who shot a Spotsylvania, Virginia, police canine has been sentenced to decades in prison. The shooter, 35-year-old Joseph Elliott Conway, punched K9 Dux and shot the dog twice – he also fired shots at two Spotsylvania County deputies.

On Monday, Conway was sentenced to 45 1/2 years in prison for the October 2016 crime which took place after Conway fled during a traffic stop. Conway was pursued by K9 Dux and the dog was shot twice when he was just a few feet from the man, reported

On Monday, Sheriff Roger L. Harris, with the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, commented on Conway’s sentencing:

Today marks the one year anniversary that no police officer ever wants to face. Being shot at and having to use deadly force to protect ones self, our fellow officers and the community we serve. On October 1, 2016, K9 Dux selflessly protected his handler and fellow officers by being shot twice. Today justice was served by a combination of superior investigative efforts by Sheriff’s Office personnel and the aggressive prosecutorial process by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. We are extremely pleased that K9 Dux has made a full recovery and continues to protect the streets of Spotsylvania. We can not thank you enough for the outpouring of community support and the camaraderie from fellow Law Enforcement agencies.

(Images/booking photo and via Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office)

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12 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Sounds like this is justice for this POS but I’m sure shooting the dog was not the biggest contributing factor for 45 years in prison, most likely the two counts of attempted capital murder, assault on a law-enforcement officer and multiple firearms and drug charges got him his sentence, I have yet to see a judge think a “dog” is worth that. Anyway you look at it though, K9 Dux is a hero, I’m glad he survived this.

    • Nancy Raymond says:

      Absolutely! If Dux was the only one shot, this punk would be walking the streets having received the usual slap on the wrist.

  2. rieann says:

    sad isn’t it the cops can kill our dogs for NOTHING and get away with it but someone shots their dog and prison for years the cops should get the same shooting our baby’s

  3. pennysdachshunds says:

    A Judge/ Prosecutor/Attorney/law enforcement that have total respect and regard for their K- 9 partners… This is a HUGE STEP in a POSITIVE direction and I sincerely hope other Judges , Prosecutors , States, Communities with take a serious look and this case and FOLLOW SUITE in the other 51 states ( Texas , Alabama , Kentucky ) include!!!! This PUCK deserves every DAY of the 45 years!!!

  4. sherry D. hadley says:

    Well praise the lord for a judge taking animal cruelty seriously. Now that’s the way to do it. Progressive upward movement, hope it’s contagious!


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