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Augusta man gets prison for killing puppy

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 5:10 PM
Last updated Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 1:32 AM
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Judge J. Wade Padgett was outraged Thursday that Devonte Bogan punched his girlfriend, breaking her nose. But it was what Bogan did next that earned him time in prison: He killed her puppy with a hammer.

Devonte Bogan
Devonte Bogan

Bogan, 21, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to misdemeanor battery and criminal trespass and to the felony offense of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Land told the judge he believed some time in prison was appropriate, but he agreed in the plea negotiation to recommend no more than three years.

Defense attorney Pete Theodocion acknowledged that what Bogan did was terrible but said that in context, three years in prison seemed too much – more that what former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick received for his role in dogfighting and killing dogs (21 months) and more time than some local people who starved their pets to death have faced.

Theodocion also argued that Bogan wasn’t the kind of person judges usually see. Bogan graduated from high school, kept a steady job and, until the June 13 fight with his girlfriend, had never been in trouble. Theodocion said he just snapped that day.

Padgett said that four generations of family were in court to support Bogan did impress him. Even if what happened June 13 was a total break in character, Padgett said, he couldn’t get past Bogan’s killing the dog – a puppy that Bogan had given to his now ex-girlfriend.

Padgett sentenced Bogan to two years in prison, followed by four years on probation under the First Offender Act. Until his sentence is completed, Bogan cannot have any pets – not even a goldfish, Padgett said.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/12/13 - 06:29 pm
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As much as I despise animal

As much as I despise animal abusers, I'm having a hard time squaring the sentence with the crime in light of his past clean record.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/12/13 - 06:37 pm
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I'd have
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preferred that the judge left the snot-nosed slime ball with me for 30 seconds. I'm 64 but the punk would still be in a coma.

Graymare
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Graymare 12/12/13 - 06:41 pm
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First, a puppy next a human.

First, a puppy next a human.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/12/13 - 06:46 pm
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Anybody who will get angry

Anybody who will get angry and kill a puppy out of spite will get angry and kill a human out of spite. Glad he will do a little time...it's probably not enough.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/12/13 - 06:58 pm
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He will do less time..I bet

But...lose it & kill & break a nose ...what could come next..

I would like to see toes bashed with a hammer....that would stick longer...

myfather15
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myfather15 12/12/13 - 06:59 pm
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Judge Padgett, let me get this straight;

"Padgett said he couldn’t get past Bogan killing the puppy"

A man kills a puppy and YOU "can't get over it", therefore he gets 2 years in prison, followed by four years on probation!!

A man molests a 6 year old child, probably scaring them for life, and he gets to sit at home playing video games, eating Cheetos and drinkin Mt. Dew???????

Our Society has absolutely gone INSANE!!! And with people like Padgett being "leaders" we are DOOMED!!!!

myfather15
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myfather15 12/12/13 - 07:01 pm
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Dichotomy

I respectfully have to disagree. There is a huge difference in killing an animal and taking a human beings life!

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 12/12/13 - 07:38 pm
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Puppy love?
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Beats up a woman, kills a puppy. Goes to jail for the puppy, not the woman? Is this real? What has happend to our law?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/12/13 - 08:16 pm
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Oh great.

Prison for someone who kills a puppy in a moment of blind anger and probation for someone who molests a 6 year old girl.

We have loons on the bench. Total loons.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/12/13 - 08:41 pm
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I see a lot of people see

I see a lot of people see past emotion and get the point. Sorry, as far as the LAW is concerned, a dog is just property, much like a bicycle. (though some jurisdictions have stretched that ) This guy with NO record of violence gets more time than many offenders who have broken major laws.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/12/13 - 08:56 pm
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Yep,

We are one step from accepting Sharia Law. Men getting away with Raping 6 year olds, soon articles will read....Rape women get 10 years for reporting rape.

Pops
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Pops 12/12/13 - 09:10 pm
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He broke a woman's nose and

then killed a defenseless animal with a hammer. No.....sounds like this 21 year old "man" has an anger problem. Needs to be locked up for awhile....won't be long.....not the last we will hear from lil Devonte I bet..

ctf
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ctf 12/12/13 - 09:21 pm
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Did they lose site he hit a woman with a hammer first

This man is far from a criminal free past, this was not the first time he hit his girlfriend, just the first time she obviously had the guts to stand up to him. Did the judge lose track of the fact he hit his girlfriend with a hammer first breaking her nose!! It could have been worse she could have been the one dead not the dog. He destroyed that girls life including everything she owned and they failed to mention that also. Anyone family or friend who stands behind a man who tries to kill a woman and then her dog deserves to go down with him.

LCC0256
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LCC0256 12/12/13 - 09:41 pm
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the fact is

he is not a man he is a boy...a boy thug at that...it is clear lunacy for the judge to sentence the man to prison for killing a puppy and NOT SENTENCE HIM TO PRISON FOR BREAKING A WOMAN'S NOSE...(men don't do things like that boys do)
I want to know about the child molester that Padgett gave probation to...
i cannot imagine this...i have been in his court and have heard him speak publicly several times...i am shocked..I am in disbelief...

myfather15
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myfather15 12/12/13 - 10:57 pm
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First of all;

I'm certainly NOT backing this man and I'm certainly not saying it's ok to mercilessly kill a dog or any animal. Just to make that perfectly clear. This man probably does deserve to serve time. He PUNCHED his girlfriend; I don't see where it says he hit her with a hammer. If he hit her with a hammer, it should have been an aggravated assault charge. If he broke her nose, it could be aggravated battery; but he plead to misdemeanor battery.

My problem is that Judge Padgett admitted his main problem was him killing the puppy. Therefore the Judge sentences this man to 2 YEARS in prison.

But in the same courtroom, this judge sentences a person charged with Sexual Battery on a CHILD for petes sake; to NO PRISON TIME!!! Gives him ONE YEAR house arrest and four years probation for SEXUAL BATTERY ON A CHILD!!!!!!!!! An innocent 6 year old child, being preyed upon by a 35 year old man and he gets ZERO time in prison!!

THAT is my problem!! Not that this puppy killer got 2 years!! It's the differences in the sentences!! It appears Judge Padgett believes killing a puppy dog, is MUCH more serious than molesting a 6 year old child. THAT, is unthinkable!!

myfather15
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myfather15 12/12/13 - 10:59 pm
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LCC

The article is right here on the Chronicle. I didn't see it on any of the local news websites, but it's on the Chronicle. Read about it; this has my blood boiling!!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/12/13 - 11:47 pm
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So, MY15, what makes our

So, MY15, what makes our lives so much better than all other life? Because we won the evolution battle?

Darby
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Darby 12/13/13 - 12:49 am
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".........I'm having a hard time squaring the

sentence with the crime in light of his past clean record."

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Clean as far as you know.

Darby
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Darby 12/13/13 - 12:52 am
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It's not all that uncommon for killers

to start on defenseless animals before moving on to humans.

Or maybe he was just trying to hurt her by taking away something she loved.

Perhaps some jail time can help him get on the straight and narrow.

jaime5569
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jaime5569 12/13/13 - 01:46 am
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The judges in this town do a mighty fine job of pickin & choosin

I find it just Amazing!! I know a guy who was arrested when cops busted in this drug dealers hotel room for trafficking, Feloney possession of crack/cocaine, meth, schedule 5,4,3,2,1 drugs, misd. Poss of weed, poss. of a weapon during commission of a crime.... The list keeps going- he gets 10 years probation and walks! Since then (w/in the FIRST YEAR!!) he's been arrested 3 more times for possession and other various reasons- they added to his probation and Again he walked! He has OD 'd: is this not a violation of his probation?? Yes they are aware and yet he STILL WALKS!!! He's still runnin the streets, doin and prolly sellin his drugs to people, corrupting this town and No One does a Thing but cont. to slap his hand, tell him No-No, add years to his probation (that he Clearly has No Respect for or intention of following) and sending him on his Merry way!!!
Yet this dude kills a dog and will serve hard time?!?!? Wth is wrong with our justice system!!! Just ANOTHER PERFECT Example of "it's all in WHO you know!" PATHETIC!!!!

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 12/13/13 - 02:39 am
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Some judges' rulings are

Some judges' rulings are beyond comprehension. Take the 16 yo boy recently in the news. Driving drunk (3x over the legal limit on stolen booze, and illegally driving at 16), 70 mph in a 40 zone, hits a disabled vehicle, killing a mother and daughter, a youth paster, the young female driver of the disabled vehicle, and leaves another person paralyzed.

The kid's from a wealthy family, and his defense attorney blames his actions on "affluenza". Apparently having rich parents who bail you out of trouble is a new "disease."

The judge gave him 10 years probation, separation from his parents, and a stay at a $450,000.00 (per year?) rehabilitation center on the beach in California. Oh, daddy's paying for the stay at the center.

He killed 4 people, paralyzed a fifth, destroyed four families, and daddy's money may have saved his butt again. He should have been tried as an adult and given the harshest sentence possible.

What was the judge thinking?!

Gigglegal215
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Gigglegal215 12/13/13 - 03:32 am
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Man breaks girlfriend's nose

I'm confused this man breaks is girlfriend's nose but, only got jail/prison time after the dog was killed? A dog's life is worth more than a human being's. Did I misunderstand something?

myfather15
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myfather15 12/13/13 - 07:01 am
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Casting fool

Yet, here in the CSRA, a judge gives a woman convicted of running a stop sign and NOT convicted of DUI, 20 years in prison for killing ONE person!!

Again, I'm not saying it's ok to kill ONE person, period. I'm just pointing out the disparity in sentencing is so ridiculous it's disgusting. It literally makes me sick to my stomach!!!

myfather15
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myfather15 12/13/13 - 07:03 am
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Gigglegal

According to Padgett and Giantsallday (above commenter); YES, we are no better than dogs!! We are just another ignorant animal walking the planet.

myfather15
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myfather15 12/13/13 - 07:08 am
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jaime5569

You've given a good example. I've been a deputy for 17 years now and I've seen your example happen many times. But it's getting WORSE!! These ridiculous, absurd sentences are happening more and more!! Not that long ago, a 10 year prison sentence for a child molester was considered "light". Now, probation alone is considered a righteous sentence!!

myfather15
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myfather15 12/13/13 - 07:09 am
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I believe the people that

I believe the people that support the people and the sentences, probably do so because they realize THEY might be in the shoes of the offender one day!! They don't want a harsh sentence because they might be RECEIVING that harsh sentence one day!! As for me? You can give them LIFE without parole or DEATH!! Because I will NEVER touch a child and I KNOW IT!!! I have no concerns of standing in front of the judge one day!! NONE!!

zippy
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zippy 12/13/13 - 07:23 am
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two different cases

first of all, every case is different with different facts different defendants, different victims, different prosecutors and defense attorneys. some are good and some are bad on both sides, therefore it hard to treat every case the same. however with the dog, the prosectutor asked for jail time up to three years. so the judge was more lenient than what was asked for by the district attorney. in the sexual case the prosecuter presented an agreement for probation. that meant he was asking the judge to give probation. not sure why he did but I'm don't think the judge is to blame.

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mikeelliott 12/13/13 - 08:44 am
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Please don't tell the authorities...

...that I have killed a few mice this week. If I get caught maybe Judge Padgett will be on vacation that week.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/13/13 - 08:59 am
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If the sentence is related to

If the sentence is related to hurting a person fine, but if the dog the Judge should be removed from office for prejudice and delusional behavior. He thinks a dog is a person.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/13/13 - 09:03 am
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What's the statue of

What's the statue of limitations for dog killing. A "friend" I know killed about a hundred dogs years ago-but he was ordered by adults-one a judge no less.

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