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Jury convicts Augusta man of shooting veteran's service dog

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 7:04 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 12:04 AM
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It took a jury just 15 minutes to convict a man accused of breaking into the Augusta home of a wounded soldier and shooting her service dog.

At the conclusion of a two-day trial in Richmond County Superior Court, Joshua Patterson, 33, was found guilty of aggravated cruelty to animal and burglary – felonies that could result in a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

According to witnesses at the trial, Patterson broke into the Gardner Street home of William and Kinga Kiss-Johnson on May 7, 2012. Balto, her black English lab service dog, was shot in the neck-chest area.

Although Balto has recovered, he still has physical limitations and Kiss-Johnson – severely injured while deployed in Afghanistan – cannot rely on his assistance for long periods of time.

Patterson is set for sentencing Thursday.

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raul
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raul 02/04/14 - 07:57 pm
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15 minutes. That must have

15 minutes. That must have been pretty much an open and shut case. I think I would have tried to pleas bargain. Will be interesting to see what the sentence is. Lately, shooting a animal gets you more time than shooting a person.

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happychimer 02/04/14 - 09:20 pm
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He shot a service dog. That

He shot a service dog. That should be a long sentence. I hope he gets the max.

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jimmymac 02/04/14 - 10:19 pm
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SENTENCE
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He deserves the max sentence but I doubt he'll get it. This guy is a repeat criminal and no doubt will be reading about some more of his crimes in the future.

KSL
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KSL 02/04/14 - 10:34 pm
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I do too, Happy. He is beyond

I do too, Happy. He is beyond hope.

dwb619
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dwb619 02/05/14 - 02:06 pm
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shot the service dog

While my dogs aren't service dogs, if you shoot them you better be quick enough on the trigger to shoot me also.
Because, I'm fixin' to shoot you right between the running lights.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 02/04/14 - 11:16 pm
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I think that would be the

I think that would be the right thing to do dwb.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 02/04/14 - 11:31 pm
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I hope he gets at least 10

I hope he gets at least 10 years. That way he will have plenty of time to think about how stupid a crime he did.

KSL
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KSL 02/05/14 - 12:07 am
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Agree

dwb!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/05/14 - 07:05 am
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Jury got it right

Thank goodness.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 02/05/14 - 12:20 pm
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Still Like My Idea

UFC cage, all of her soldier buddies, thirty minutes. What's left, can be poured into the cell for the time.

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Dixieman 02/05/14 - 01:59 pm
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I hereby sentence him...

...to be cast into a cage of pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds and chihuahuas (the latter for entertainment value) who have not been fed for a week, and remained confined there for 24 hours.

esaki@aol.com
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esaki@aol.com 02/05/14 - 03:21 pm
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You can't fix stupid !!

No matter how much time he spends in jail, he will never get it, that he did something wrong.

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rmwhitley 02/05/14 - 05:44 pm
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I have three
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dogs. patterson would not have survived had he shot one of them and I found it out. No disparaging comments concerning Mrs. Kiss-Johnson. She was wise enough to keep her emotions in check. I would not have been able to, I'm afraid.

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jbartley 02/05/14 - 10:49 pm
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Justice

Good job and thanks to the jury!

raul
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raul 02/06/14 - 02:45 pm
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25 years, no parole handed

25 years, no parole handed down. That's more time than some murderers get.

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