According to Monday's publication of the Los Angeles Times, a Sherman Oaks, Calif., man who was caught on surveillance video running over his estranged wife's dog, has been sentenced to time in prison.
Michael David Parker, 45, was facing a felony charge of animal cruelty for using his car as a deadly weapon in the killing of a five-year-old Chihuahua named "Cow Cow," back on Dec. 28. On Monday, he was sentenced to 16 months in state prison for the crime.
Prior to sentencing, Parker admitted that he utilized his vehicle as a deadly weapon, and he pleaded no contest to the charge. Prosecutors had hoped to send Parker to prison for upwards of five years, but he struck a plea deal which greatly reduced his time behind bars.
Parker's heinous deed was captured by a surveillance video; the footage showed Parker walking to the rear of his luxury sedan and then back to the driver's seat. The dog, who was presumably stowed in the trunk of the car, runs in front of the vehicle and Parker proceeds to back up and then drive forward, directly over the small dog's body.
The impact from the speeding car left Cow Cow with life-ending injuries. The cruel act is believed to be tied to a bitter divorce between Michael Parker and his estranged wife, Olga.
Prior story about this situation here.
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