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Dog killers get max from Collins

Published 11:45am Thursday, September 13, 2012

Judge calls behavior “meanness”


Ironton Municipal Court Judge O. Clark Collins has given the maximum sentence allowed to two men accused of killing two chained pets.

Brian L. Sharp, 20, of 339 Township Road 324, and Johnathan D. Jiles, 20, of 27 Private Drive 380, both of Pedro, stood together and pleaded guilty to their crimes Thursday in municipal court.

Each man was sentenced to six months in the Lawrence County Jail for the first-degree misdemeanor prohibition concerning companion animals and 30 days in jail for criminal trespassing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Collins ordered the sentences be served consecutively, meaning each man will spend the next seven months in jail.

Each man was fined $1,000 and ordered, jointly and severally, to pay restitution to the dogs’ owners, Michael and Josie Scythes. Collins ordered both men to stay away from the victims and issued an order that neither man ever own a companion animal.

Late last month the Scythes came home to find someone had brutally stabbed and slit the throats of their dogs, who were confined in their yard.




  • mdsmeck

    Kudo’s to Judge Collins for his sentencing and to the Greenup County Kentucky Humane Society for coming to the rally..You ALL Are PAWSOME!!!

    Also, a BIG Paws Up High Five to Hand4Paws for creating, posting and sending the petition with 5,700+ signatures to the prosecutor and judge…

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  • Digi

    Thank you Judge for doing what was right! It’s just such a shame that more time couldn’t be given. We dog lovers out there truly appreciate that your court took the time and listened and did what was right by those two dogs and their owners!

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  • Poor Richard

    I wonder if the thugs cried like a baby?
    Well deserved sentences, too bad that Ohio law does not allow for much longer sentences and much harsher penalties for serial killers in training!

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    I agree rambo, its good that judge collins seen the these two should get the max for this awful crime. I think he would have gave them more time if the law would allow him to give more. good job judge.

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  • rambo

    It has been proven that those that kill dogs or innocent animals are a threat to society only wish they could have been put away for good but society seems to think that the killing of animals is okay. I am not against hunters that hunt for game to feed their families or donate the meat. The people I am taking about are ones that kill domestic animals.

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