Jail Time in Dog Burning Case
  • Petitioned Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway

This petition was delivered to:

Wayne County Circuit Court
Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway

Jail Time in Dog Burning Case

    1. Petition by

      Animal Legal Defense Fund

On December 1, 2010 Kristian Dennard Jackson & Decarlos Lashawn Young pled guilty to animal killing/torturing and arson of real property. Both defendants were habitual 3rd offenders and they pled to that as well. Young is to serve 17 months to 8 years, and Jackson is to serve 13 months to 8 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections.

They are currently scheduled to be formally sentenced on December 16, 2010 at 9 a.m. Local residents who wish to support the prosecution by attending should contact the Court as dates and times are subject to change.

Wayne County Circuit Court, Criminal Division
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
1441 St. Antoine Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Thank you to everyone who wrote letters, made phone calls and attended the court proceedings!
Attorneys in the case noted the large amount of mail, email and phone calls received from supporters around the world and also noted that a number of ALDF supporters attended court proceedings.

Please send letters thanking Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway for doing an excellent job in evaluating the past histories of both defendants.

(Wayne County, MI) Kristian Dennard Jackson & Decarlos Lashawn Young are facing criminal charges related to the alleged gross abuse of a pitbull in August 2010. They allegedly set the young dog on fire after a failed attempt at hanging her to death. A bystander was reportedly able to videotape this terrible incident with a cell phone camera. Investigators were unable to recover the dog’s body, it is believed that her remains were discarded in the trash and hauled away.

Such cruelty, and indeed the expanse of criminal activity that accompanies dogfighting, demands meaningful justice from the criminal courts, and local citizens are encouraged to actively show their support for this important prosecution.

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    1. Cellphone Video Gives Dog Burned Alive Her Day in Court

      In late August, two Detroit men, Kristian Dennard Jackson and Decarlos Lashawn Young, doused a pit bull with lighter fluid or gasoline and set her on fire. The young dog howled in agony and frantically ran around for about a minute before collapsing....


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