Hart man pleads guilty to killing dog.

July 16, 2018

William Monroe with his attorney Terry Shaw.

Hart man pleads guilty to killing dog.

#OceanaCountyCrime

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 43-year-old Hart man pleaded guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, July 16, to torturing/killing a dog and faces up to 90 days in jail for the conviction.

William Jon Monroe, of 3291 N. 120th Ave., told Judge Robert D. Springstead that a pit bull that did not belong to him was on his property and died of malnutrition.

“I tied it, because it bit my kid,” Monroe said. He also told the judge that he whipped the dog with a leash.

In exchange for his guilty plea in the dog killing case, another case involving charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and assault with a dangerous weapon were dismissed.

“I talked to victim and she’s in agreement to plea agreement,” said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. An animal cruelty charge was also dismissed.

Monroe was also sentenced to 18 months probation and will be prohibited from owning an animal.

The dog’s death occurred last October.

A conviction of torturing/killing an animal is a felony punishable by up four years in prison.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.

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