Final suspect in Dallas dog's death gets 5 years

Published on Friday, 23 August 2013 22:14 - Written by

DALLAS (AP) — The teen accused of being the leader of a group charged in the burning death of a 4-month-old puppy in Dallas has agreed to a five-year plea bargain.

Nineteen-year-old Darius Ewing received the sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single animal cruelty county.

The 4-month-old lab terrier named by Justice by his rescuers was found in April 2012 at an apartment complex. He had suffered third-degree burns over most of his body and died several days later.

Four suspects, including Ewing, were charged in Justice's death. Ewing admitted to dousing the dog with lighter fluid, and another suspect flicked a cigarette on the dog.

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