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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! A 16-year-old boy from Florida named Ivins Rosier just lost 23 years of freedom after shooting a dog during a burglary in 2012.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that Rosier confessed to breaking into the home of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Boody in West Palm Beach and shooting Drake, the 5-year-old German Shepherd, but his confession didn't make the sentence any less harsh as we given a sentence of 23 years in jail on Friday.

Rosier's attorney argued that a detective "hustled" the boy during interrogation by equating the dog's death to the "murder of a law enforcement officer" (which wasn't legally true). Rosier's attorney also wanted his client sentenced as a juvenile with a maximum sentence of 6 years.

"I believe this to be sadistic to do this to a child," said Rosier's attorney, who plans to appeal. He conceded that Rosier's crimes were serious, "but when you look at the range of punishments available, that's why they call it juvenile." 

Ultimately, Rosier's sentence resulted from convictions on three felony counts: cruelty to animals with a firearm, burglary of a dwelling with a firearm, and shooting into a building. "A gun in a 16-year-old's hand can do equally the damage as a gun in an adult's hand," said the prosecuting attorney. "He's not a child."

Drake suffered broken limbs, bullet wounds in his head and jaw, massive blood loss and lethal damage to his esophagus.

I'm not sure if I should feel sorry for Rozier. He did commit a serious crime and just the fact that he had a gun in his possession was bad enough. However, treating the murder of the dog equivalent to the murder of a law enforcement officer is a bit strange. I don't think that that counted to much in his final sentence though because that would be ridiculous in the whole scheme of things. It's still really sad for the poor dog who tragically lost his life. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed