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Should a Juvenile Serve 23 Years for Shooting a Retired Police Dog?

On a Sunday evening in November 2012, three teenagers crept up to the sliding glass door at the back of the Palm Beach home belonging to Robert Boody, a Florida highway patrolman they knew was out on the job. On the other side of the glass, a vicious, cantankerous German shepherd barked violently. One of the teens raised a gun and shot three bullets through the glass and into the canine.

The dog, still alive despite the bullets it just took, ran off as the intruders entered the home. Ivins Rosier, who at 16 was the youngest in the group, went to the master bedroom and rummaged around but didn't find much -- except for the dog, which was lying on the floor in the bathroom. According to police, that's when Ivins fired two to three shots into the dog. Now it was time to get out of there. The teenagers fled with $350 worth of goods, mainly watches and dress shirts.

Three days later, on a Wednesday afternoon, Ivins' mother, Nanci Sanon, an intensely religious woman originally from Haiti, heard thundering knocks at her front door.