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Teen sentenced to 23 years in prison for killing police dog during home robbery

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Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Robin Rosenberg sentenced Ivins Rosier, 18, to 23 years in prison for the November 2012 robbery at the home of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Boody where the officer's five year old retired K-9 officer German shepherd was shot reported The Sun Sentinel.

Rosier was tried as an adult and convicted in May, and is one of three teens charged with the heinous crimes of burglary with a firearm, felony animal cruelty to an animal using a firearm, and shooting into a building. The other suspects are still awaiting trial.

In a statement to the court on Friday, Rosier blamed his actions on drugs and alcohol apologizing to the court, stating he is now a changed person:

"That's not the person that I am. The person that I am is a loving, caring person ... I'm not a vicious person, I'm not a ruthless person."

Judge Rosenberg noted the "horrific and tragic" facts surrounding the shooting of Drake at Robert Boody's home at Quartz Terrace in West Palm Beach. The dog suffered from gunshot wounds to his head and jaw, broken limbs, and severe blood lost. Even with the most valiant efforts to save Drake's life, the dog's injuries were so severe, he had to be humanely euthanized five days later.

Rosier was not charged with killing a police dog because Drake had been retired. Florida laws do not take into consideration a K-9 dog's retirement.

Rosier rejected a plea agreement to serve 20 years in prison. He faced 50 years in prison.

Rest in peace Drake. Although you are deeply missed, some justice has been done.

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