The Columbia County D.A.'s office reports: 24 year old Michael Jennings was found guilty during a bench trial today in Columbia County Court. Jennings was found guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge, which is lesser than the felony he was first charged with last September.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 20th.
Original Press Release:
Buster's Law Arrest in Germantown
NEW YORK STATE POLICE Major Robert C. GregoryTroop K Commander
On September 6, 2017 Troopers from the Livingston barracks responded to the area of Church Avenue in the Town of Germantown to investigate an incident in which a family pet dog was shot and killed.
The dog, an American Pitbull Terrier, was transported to the Round Top Animal Hospital in Germantown where an autopsy was conducted.
It was determined that the cause of death was due to multiple pellet wounds from a pellet gun. On September 7, 2017 the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Livingston continued the investigation. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Michael W. Jennings, 23 of Germantown.
Jennings was arrested and charged with New York State Agriculture and Markets Law 353a, Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a Class E Felony. He is set to be arraigned later this date.