If a Kid Can Get 23 Years in Prison for Killing a Dog, What About Cops Who Kill Dogs?

A defense attorney has a question: If it's "justice" for his 16-year-old client to get 23 years in prison for shooting a retired police dog, what should happen to police officers who shoot civilian dogs?

The subject of our feature story this week is Ivins Rosier, a juvenile who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for shooting a retired police dog. The long sentence was a result of Rosier's getting tried as an adult, which made him eligible to be sentenced under Florida's 10-20-life law, which in this case required a minimum of 20 years for using a firearm during the commission of a robbery. The majority of his sentence was technically for the armed robbery, but most attention to his case and trial focused on the dog he allegedly shot -- and the actual act of shooting the dog is what made Rosier eligible for the 20-year minimum.

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Ray Downs
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