In Longview a Kelso man was sentenced on March 7, 2013 to three years of prison time for taking part in the horrific kidnapping and ransom of a dog named Jagger. The 39-year-old man, Jesse James Clark, was convicted of extortion and possessing stolen property last week. Police say that Jesse kept the English bulldog that had been taken from its home in Woodland in 2011 by two other people. The people who kidnapped Jagger threatened to torturer and kill him unless they received $1,000 and prescription medication.
Jennifer Thomas, the dog’s owner, received a text message from the kidnappers saying "if you don't do exactly as you're told the next few messages will be of your friend slowly getting tortured to death. And do us both a favor, keep this to yourself, no cops." Jagger was found later near a set of railroad tracks in Kelso. The dog had been killed and there were parts of his head missing. Jesse was arrested just a few days after this when someone told police that they had seen the dog at his home.
Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson said "this is a felony theft and extortion case, it just happened to be that the thing that was stolen was a dog; someone's pet and part of her family. And while we're happy to clear the case with these arrests, we're all sorry that Jaggar was not recovered alive." The two other people who were involved with the kidnapping, ransom and killing of Jaggar were also arrested. Last year Ivey Rose Svaleson pleaded guilty to extortion and has been sentenced to nine months in jail. Ivey’s boyfriend, Johnny Lee Jordan, had also pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to three years in prison.
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