Black teenager sentenced to 23 years in prison for shooting a dog

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A black teenager will spend over two decades in prison for killing a dog. According to Sun Sentinel, Ivins Rosier, 17, and his friends broke into the home of a Florida state trooper and burglarized the house.

During the burglary, Rosier shot a retired police dog who was barking. Five days after the German Shepard dog was shot, he was euthanized. Rosier was arrested and tried as an adult for shooting the dog.

A law enforcement agent lied to Rosier and told him that killing a police dog was similar to shooting a police officer. However, since the dog was retired, the teen could not be charged with murdering a police officer.

The teen’s defense attorneys argued that the indictment violated his right to be sentenced as a juvenile and the police lied in order to get a confession from the teen.

On July 11, Circuit Judge Robin Rosenberg handed Rosier a sentence that is usually given to those who kill human beings. Rosier was sentenced to 23 years in prison. If he was tried as a youthful offender, Rosier would have only received 6 years in prison.

Rosier’s lawyers called the sentence a “sadistic” punishment to be given to a child. His lawyers also said they will seek a new trial.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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