- Associated Press - Thursday, October 19, 2017

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A judge has knocked five years off the minimum prison term for a Pennsylvania man originally sentenced to at least 20 years for killing a homeowner’s dog during a botched robbery.

The Courier Times reports a judge noted the young age of 23-year-old Montel Johnson, of Philadelphia, and the relatively shorter sentences of his co-defendants in making the decision Monday. Johnson’s maximum term remains 40 years.

Police say Johnson threatened a man with a gun outside of his Levittown home in 2016 when he was confronted while trying to steal the man’s motorcycle. Officials say Johnson then fatally shot the victim’s dog when it got out of the house.

Johnson’s attorney declined to comment on the reduced sentence. A prosecutor said he respected the decision.

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Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com

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