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Man accused of killing dog fails probation, now faced with time behind bars

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A Kent County, Mich., man who skirted jail time after he allegedly killed a senior dog who belonged to his ex-girlfriend's family, has broken the terms of his probation, reported Monday's Mlive.com.

Brandon Stephens, 21, initially avoided being sent to jail for the Feb. 2012 incident which claimed the life of nine-year-old "Xena," a Yorkshire terrier mix, who belonged to Kimberly Potter, mother of Chelsea Potter - a woman, who at the time of the dog's death, was Stephen's ex-girlfriend.

Stephens was supposed to pay $2,000 in restitution, along with court costs, to avoid up to 15 years in prison for the original charges of second-degree home invasion and killing/torturing an animal, but he did not.

Not only has Stephens failed to make the scheduled payments, but he has skipped out on meetings with his probation officer and he was caught trespassing while in possession of a bow and arrow.

In an odd twist, Potter, the ex-girlfriend whose family dog was killed, and who once had a restraining order against Stephens, is now planning to marry the man who police say broke into her family home and bludgeoned the family dog to death.

Following Xena's death, the couple even had a child together.

On Monday, Kent County Circuit Judge Dennis Leiber, the same judge who initially sentenced Stephens to probation, told the 21-year-old man that he would spend the next 60 days in jail.

Judge Leiber told Stephens that the man had his "priorities out of whack," and stated:

You’ve had the benefit or everything a community can provide a person,

You haven’t produced.

Prior story about Xena's death here.

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