- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - A Racine man has been sentenced to 5½ years in prison in the killing of a beagle puppy over what prosecutors said was an unpaid debt.

Curtis J. Gossett was accused of stomping the puppy to death in 2012. Police said it was owned by a woman who owed Gossett $13 she had borrowed for gas money.

The 25-year-old Gossett denied stomping the puppy to death, accusing his father of hitting the dog with a 2-by-4. The Journal Times reported (https://bit.ly/1FDR4q4 ) that Racine County Circuit Judge Michael Piontek handed down the maximum sentence on Friday.

Gossett apologized at sentencing but maintained his father killed the dog. Fred C. Gossett was sentenced earlier in the week to 18 months in prison.


Information from: The Journal Times, https://www.journaltimes.com

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