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

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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.

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