Brendan Evans, 35, of Hollywood, Florida agreed to plead guilty to attacking and killing Ollie the pit bull. Evans has been sentenced to ten years in prison after admitting to the crime, his defense lawyer stated on Tuesday.
Four years ago, Evans beat the pit bull puppy, stabbed him 50 times and then stuffed the dog into a suitcase while the dog clung to life. The dog was found almost dead, with his paw sticking out of a suitcase behind a building in an alley on Lee Street.
When found, the young dog had severe lacerations to the top of his head as well as his body and had been wearing a red collar; he was rushed to the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital. The cruelty inflicted upon this dog sent shivers through the country. A reward had been offered just shy of $60,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for such a heinous deed. More than $100,000 in donations had been raised for Ollie; Grateful Paws collected $40,000 to help pay his medical bills. Tragically Ollie died a few days later.
According to NbcNews, when detectives entered the apartment of Evans, they discovered a gruesome scene, including mutilated rats, bloody symbols on the walls and indications a satanic type of ritual had been performed. When interviewed, Evans told police he considered himself a voodoo priest, claiming he had the right to torture the animals as he was practicing voodoo.
Evans had been in jail since his arrest four years ago. According to the Florida Sun Sentinel, Evans had been initially charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty, however prosecutors dropped 15 in exchange for a guilty plea.
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