California man was convicted of second-degree murder after his four pit bulls mauled a 63-year-old woman to death.
A jury found Alex Donald Jackson, 31, guilty of murder Friday after Pamela Devitt was killed by his four pit bulls during her morning walk on May 9, 2013.
The Littlerock woman was bitten 200 times, according to the coroner’s office. She died from blood loss. Some of the bites were so deep that bone was exposed, New York Daily News reported.
Residents in the Antelope Valley town told the Los Angeles Times that they were often confronted by a pack of dogs. Some took to carrying sticks, rocks and guns when they were outside. Parents forbid their children from playing outdoors.
Prosecutors argued that Jackson was negligent and knew that his dog’s endangered the lives of others. The dogs were allegedly involved in at least seven other fights in the 18 months leading up to the mauling.
Jackson testified that he was unaware of most of the altercations and that he wouldn’t have kept the dogs if he believe they were capable of killing someone.
Animal control officers testified that a drunk Jackson told them: “If you mess with me, you’re coming into the lion’s den.”
“I feel terrible about it. This isn’t anything that I orchestrated or planned, that I wanted to have happen,” he said.
Jackson faces 24 years to life in prison.
His brother believes the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
“It feels like they’re trying to make an example of him,” Vincent Jackson said.
Jackson's attorney Al Kim says the community is taking out all their frustration about stray packs of dogs on him.
“At some point, something needs to be done about these stray dogs, and I think an unfair amount of responsibility is being directed at my client,” Kim said before the verdict. “Does that mean he’s a murderer? Absolutely not.”
Jackson's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3.
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