The Daily News reported Thursday that a third person has been sentenced to prison time for his part in a dog-napping case in Kelso, Wash.
Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Michael Evans sentenced 39-year-old Jesse James Clark to 40 months in prison following a two-day trial in which a jury found Clark guilty.
Clark maintained that he merely kept the dog-napping victim, "Jagger," an English bulldog, for some friends, but the jury did not agree, finding him guilty of first-degree extortion and second-degree possession of stolen property.
Almost a year ago, the same judge sentenced Johnny Lee Jordan, 39, to 3 1/2 years in prison and Ivey Rose Svaleson, also involved in the incident, was sentenced to nine months in jail.
Jagger was stolen from his owner, Jennifer Thomas, in October 2011. His captors demanded a ransom for his return.
Tragically, the stolen dog did not make it back to his owner alive. His body was found on train tracks near Kelso weeks after he disappeared.
A portion of Jagger's head was missing when he was found and although there were allegations that the dog was tortured, no evidence to absolutely determine that claim to be true, was found.
Judge Evans also stipulated that Clark not be allowed to own animals after he is released from prison.
Prior story on this incident here.
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