Gary also pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.
In a plea agreement, Gary will serve ten years in prison, four years on probation and a concurrent prison sentence for the animal cruelty charge which will be decided by the judge. Sentencing will be on Jan. 16.
The heartbreaking story of a one-year-old pit bull mix who caught a lit firework in his mouth happened on Main Street on July 5. When the Elkhart City Police arrived, the dog was bleeding and shivering. Half of his face was reportedly blown away from the explosion. The puppy was taken to the Humane Society of Elkhart County where he was humanely euthanized.
Gary was to be tried as an adult because the county's deputy prosecuting attorney stated Gary was "beyond the rehabilitation of the juvenile system."
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