Jury Convicts & Sentences Man to 5 Years in Animal Cruelty Case
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Jury Convicts & Sentences Man to 5 Years in Animal Cruelty Case


GALVESTON – A Galveston County jury sentenced Jairen Delano Peterson, to five years’ in prison after finding him guilty on November 16, 2017, for Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals, by Torture.  

Peterson’s jury trial began on Monday, November 13th, in the 405th District Court and he entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. During the trial, Animal Cruelty prosecutor Leslie Rebescher and Felony Chief Prosecutor Adam Poole presented witnesses and evidence detailing the crime which led to the death of Peterson’s dog. The witnesses called to testify by the State included Officer Smith, Officer Gonzales, Animal Control Officer Sarah Saunders, Dr. Courtney Smith, a local veterinarian, and Dr. Victor Scarano to testify on the mental state of Peterson at the time of the offense.

The evidence at trial revealed that on July 12, 2016, Officer Smith and Officer Gonzales of the Dickinson Police Department was dispatched to a suspicious circumstance of a man stabbing a dog. Upon arrival they observed a pit bull struggling to stand up and laboring to breathe. Also on location was Jairen Peterson, who was covered in blood and determined to be high on phencyclidine (PCP). When asked why he was covered in blood, Peterson stated that “his dog was dead,” that he “killed it,” and he did it because he was “tripped out.” A bloody knife covered in hair was located in Peterson’s pocket. Dr. Smith testified the dog, whose name was Cloud, was stabbed 37 times.   

A defense witness provided that Peterson was insane at the time. This was rebutted by the state with Dr. Scarano’s testimony and argument of voluntary intoxication from ingesting PCP prior to the offense. The guilt-innocence phase of the trial concluded Thursday early morning.

The jury found Peterson guilty of the offense and the punishment phase immediately followed. Jurors learned that Peterson had sixteen previous criminal convictions, six of those convictions being felonies. ADA Rebescher argued that this was a vicious attack on a dog by a multi-time convicted felon and how this could potentially escalate in the future. Peterson’s penalty range was two to ten years confinement. The jurors retired to deliberate and later returned Thursday afternoon and sentenced Peterson to five years confinement.

Peterson was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Leslie Rebescher and Adam Poole in the 405th District Court, with Judge Michelle Slaughter presiding. The investigation was conducted by the Dickinson Police Department and Bayou Animal Services.

This guy, if he hasn't already, will eventually kill someone.
Posted by Sasquatch at 11/17/2017 9:53:29 AM

Only 5 years?????????? This jerk needs to be locked up and the key thrown away.
Posted by audreyflowers at 11/18/2017 9:15:09 AM

Yes, Sasquatch, that's exactly what I was thinking.

But, there again,they should have given him the 10 years, especially since he is already a multi-time convicted felon!

WHAT is wrong with people?

Don't they ever stop to consider that idiots like them are the exact reason why those heathens continue committing their evil deeds?

They are too easy on 'em. Like this one, he had a choice to take the drugs, or not, but anyway, I believe he knew what he was doing.

After all, he wasn't so out of it that he was out there handing his money and posessions out to people or going from house to house doing nice things for people.

And, I bet not one time did the jurors consider how many of you officers had to put your lives on the line to arrest him the many times he has been arrested in the past.

It's like you LIVES don't matter to some people.

But, with the crazy laws we have, the jurors may not have known about his past because it may have been something that couldn't be revealed in court.

Thankfully, it was not a human he stabbed, but as a animal lover, it was bad enough.

Boy, the evil-doers should be glad that I am not a judge and jury who can be everywhere.

I get soooooooooooo angry that they and the druggies are ruining our great country which leaves almost nothing positive for the next generations IF Trump can help us keep our country intact and somehow get rid of the anti-christian demons so we can have future generations.
Posted by Patrisha at 11/19/2017 12:18:23 AM

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