An 18-year-old boy has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for shooting a retired police dog during a burglary in 2012. 

At 16, Ivins Rosier confessed to breaking into Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Boody’s West Palm Beach home and shooting the 5-year-old German Shepherd. 

From USA Today:

Rosier’s attorney argued that a detective “hustled” the boy during interrogation by equating the dog’s death to the “murder of a law enforcement officer” (which wasn’t legally true).

Rosier’s attorney also wanted his client sentenced as a juvenile with a maximum sentence of 6 years, CBS 12 reports.

“I believe this to be sadistic to do this to a child,” said Rosier’s attorney, who plans to appeal. He conceded that Rosier’s crimes were serious, “but when you look at the range of punishments available, that’s why they call it juvenile.”

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Rosier’s sentence was a result of convictions on three felony counts: cruelty to animals with a firearm, burglary of a dwelling with a firearm and shooting into a building.

He refused to accept a plea agreement that required him to serve 20 years in prison.

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