Man who killed Jacksonville Sheriff’s K-9 officer sentenced to 25 years in prison

The 19-year-old man who killed a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K-9 and kidnapped two women was sentenced on Wednesday to 25 years in prison followed by ten years probation. Jhamal Paskel was also ordered  to pay $8,000 restitution along with court fees.

According to News4Jax, Paskel had previously pleaded guilty to felony charges of armed carjacking, two counts of kidnapping and killing a police dog. State prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Paskel to 35 years in prison; the defendant’s attorney requested his client be sentenced to 15 years in prison along with rehabilitation.

In September 2018, Paskel had been wearing a camouflage mask and carrying a handgun when he approached two women at a gas station and ordered one woman, Amanda Gears, to drive the red  sedan as he held a gun to her head. A short distance later, after driving onto a dirt road, Paskel told the women to get out of the car. Because the vehicle had OnStar, police tracked the car until OnStar was able to shut off the engine remotely.

Paskel fled on foot from the car and as officers followed in pursuit, Fang was released to chase the subject. Paskal shot the dog and kept running until he was stopped by another service dog.

Officer  Matt Herrera was three-year-old Fang’s handler; the two were extremely bonded.  In 2019, the Florida Legislature passed a law increasing the penalty for killing of a dog or horse working with police to a second-degree felony increasing the maximum jail sentence from five to 15 years.

After serving his sentence, Paskel must find employment while on probation.

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