No Probation, Maximum Sentence for Joseph Nelson for Brutal Beating and Killing of Dog
  • Petitioned Judge Richard T. Gurly

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Judge Richard T. Gurly

No Probation, Maximum Sentence for Joseph Nelson for Brutal Beating and Killing of Dog

    1. Hand 4Paws
    2. Petition by

      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, United States

Eighteen-year-old Joseph Nelson of Grand Junction, Co, brutally killed “DeMayo”, a mixed breed dog belonging to his mother. The dog was found hanging by his leash over a bridge on the Colorado River. DeMayo’s internal organs were cut out and an eyeball was missing.

DeMayo had been reported missing by Joseph’s mother Kathy Nelson. Ms. Nelson had brought a picture of her dog to animal control. After seeing the dog hanging from the bridge, the police identified the victim as Ms. Nelson’s dog.

During an interview with a man who had been with Nelson earlier reported that they had been drinking and that Nelson had become angry and proceeded to grab and hit the dog. Nelson then proceeded to put the leash on DeMayo and began swinging him around by the neck, letting his head hit the ground. Nelson then began to repeatedly kick DeMayo. The witness said he tried to intervene only to be attacked by Nelson. The last time the witness say DeMayo, Nelson was dragging the dog. After Nelson’s brutal attack on DeMayo, the witness stated he thought the dog was dead because he did not see the dog moving or breathing.

Kathy Nelson stated to police her son is a methamphetamine user and she wanted to file charges against her son.

Nelson has pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty. However, he has reached a plea deal in which he will only receive probation for his brutal beating and killing of DeMayo.

We are respectfully requesting that Joseph Nelson not receive probation and that he receive the maximum sentence as allowed by law for his crime of aggravated animal cruelty. We also request that he not be allowed around companion animals for a minimum of five years and that he has successfully completes anger management counseling.

Read more:
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30934245/detail.html

Photo credits Mesa County Sheriff's Office & TheDenverChannel.com

This petition will be updated as more information becomes available but the intent will remain the same.

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    1. Sentencing

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Joseph Nelson received 18 months community corrections and five years probation

    2. Petition Closing

      Hand 4Paws
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      The following petition will be closed tonight in order to be printed and sent to the target. Thank you so much to all that signed

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    Reasons for signing

    • Rita Ross INDIAN VALLEY, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Such brutality has to be stopped and it can stopped only by a harsh, maximum penalty administered by judges who are not spineless, unfeeling yahoos. That describes the judge who let Nelson free on bond .. That means the judge made a mockery of this dog's death for letting this punk (ALLOW ME) free on bond. That judge is disgusting.

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    • Lisa Garbarino POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      This man needs to be punished to the maximum. That poor dog suffered a terrible death. He is a danger to society. Statistics show a direct relationship between animal & child/spouse abuse.

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    • Kathleen Bauer BRISTOL, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      The brutality exhibited by Joseph Nelson in executing his mother's dog certainly indicates a very distrubed personality. He should most certainly be denied probation and deserves the maximum punishment allowed. He is clearly a threat to any animal and could possibly be just as dangerous to humans.

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    • Sandra Branch NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      because I love all four legged animals! And I do not want him to do this again to any animal or child.

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    • Susan Saladino LAKE WORHT, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      an eye for an eye...is nothing less than this monster deserves

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