A Washington man who admitted that he intentionally hanged a dog from a tree has been sentenced for his crime. According to Monday’s publication of the Olympian, James Leroy Evans, of Grays Harbor, will spend a year behind bars for killing a three-year-old pit bull mix named “Diamond.”
In a statement, Evans stated how (and why) he killed his dog in March 2016:
“intentionally killed an animal by means of causing undue suffering. I hung a dog after it killed my iguana.”
Judge Carol Murphy also stipulated that Evans is prohibited from possessing any animals, or living in a home with animals, for five years. After the cruel killing of Diamond, a Facebook group (Justice (Just”Us”) for Diamond) was created.
The punishment for Diamond’s killer did little to appease her advocates. A post after sentencing reads:
A small group of us were at the status hearing at 1pm this afternoon to see if the trial of James Leroy Evans was still happening on the 14th of this month. In a surprise twist to everyone, including the judge, he decided to plead guilty right then and there. He gets one year in jail, not prison. A small amount of fees around $1000ish all told and 5 yrs with no animals.
We were dumb founded. Plus we were unprepared to deal with the emotional stress of reliving the horrible abuse and pain she suffered through. This brought it all home. Plus his lawyer got to tell Evans’s side to the story. All lies of course and no one got to hear the evidence we had against him and that she was raped and tortured. That was a hard one to take.
Diamond had been an emotional support dog for a child – she was temporarily staying with Evans while her owner sought permanent dog-friendly housing. A necropsy on Diamond’s body revealed that she had been “aggressively” sexually assaulted before her death.
(Image via Facebook group/Justice for Diamond)
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