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article imageCalifornia man jailed for deliberately killing wife's dog

By Arthur Weinreb     Apr 29, 2014 in Crime
Los Angeles - A 45-year-old man was sentenced to 16 months in jail for deliberately running down his wife's Chihuahua during a bitter divorce dispute. The man initially said it was an accident but surveillance video determined otherwise.
Michael David Parker appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court for sentencing yesterday. He was originally facing a five-year-sentence after being charged with felony animal cruelty and animal neglect. Last week, a plea bargain was reached by Parker and the prosecutors.
On Friday, Parker pleaded no contest to one count of animal cruelty in exchange for a 16-month sentence. The other charges were withdrawn by the prosecution. Parker was sentenced yesterday by Judge Keith Schwartz who imposed the 16-month sentence.
On Jan. 2, the Hawthorne Police Department and animal control officers were told that a dead dog was found in a bag in an alley. Police then examined surveillance tapes of the an alley where the Chihuahua was found.
The video shows a man, identified as Parker, driving in an alley on Dec. 28. He stops the car and then takes something out of the trunk. While the car remains parked the five-year-old dog named Cow-Cow can be seen walking from the back of the car to the front, along the right side.
The car then backs up and when Cow-Cow walks in front of the car, the car goes forward and appears to deliberately drive over the dog.
After Parker was identified, he admitted he ran the Chihuahua over but said it was an accident. Hawthorne Police Lt. Scott Swain said, "It wasn't an accident, he purposely did it."
At the time Cow-Cow was killed, Parker and his wife were going through a bitter divorce.
In sentencing Parker, Schwartz said, "You planned this. You snatched the dog. You put it in the trunk. Luckily, somebody was watching this, and they couldn't believe what they were seeing." Schwartz told Parker he would have received a longer sentence if he had been found guilty after a trial and added "The facts of this case are just horrible."
During his guilty plea, Parker admitted he used his car as a weapon. That admission counts as a "strike" under California's three strikes law.
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