FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 120 Days in Jail
For Felony Animal Cruelty in Violent Killing of Puppy
- Defendant Dropped Cement Slab on Sleeping Dog -
WASHINGTON – Sean Delontay Branch, 24, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 120 days in jail after earlier pleading guilty to a charge of felony cruelty to animals in the killing of a puppy, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Branch entered the guilty plea in September 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. sentenced him this morning. Upon completion of the jail time, Branch will be placed on three years of supervised release. Judge Dixon ordered that Branch meet certain conditions during his period of supervised release, including learning ways to handle anger management. Finally, Branch must pay $450 to a crime victims’ fund.
According to the government’s evidence, on the morning of June 29, 2012, King Tut, a six-month-old puppy, was tied to a fence behind the Circle Seven Express store in the 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE. Branch was angry at King Tut’s owner that morning. When the owner walked away momentarily, Branch approached the sleeping dog and dropped a cement slab, weighing more than 90 pounds, on the pet. A witness flagged down the dog’s owner to inform him of what happened. When the owner returned, the dog was dead.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Washington Humane Society. U.S. Attorney Machen also thanked Paralegal Assistants Debra McPherson and D’Yvonne Key for their work on this case. Finally, he acknowledged the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalia Medina Burnett, from the Fourth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who prosecuted the case.