Man who shot police dog Jethro will get 45 years in jail

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Kelontre D. Barefield, 23, on Wednesday pleaded responsible to costs associated to police dog Jethro loss of life and to different costs stemming from 4 earlier burglaries and an unrelated aggravated theft.

The person who fatally shot Canton police dog Jethro has been sentenced to 45 years in jail.
Kelontre Barefield (pictured), 23, has been sentenced to 45 years in jail after pleading responsible to capturing useless police dog Jethro. He additionally pleaded responsible to unrelated housebreaking costs
Kelontre D. Barefield, 23, on Wednesday pleaded responsible to costs associated to Jethro’s loss of life and several other different counts stemming from 4 earlier burglaries and an unrelated aggravated theft.Stark County Widespread Pleas Decide Kristin G. Farmer known as Barefield’s actions “insupportable” and mentioned they violated “the protection and safety of this county and the folks sworn to guard it” as she sentenced him to a mixed 45-year jail time period that covers each pending circumstances.

In January, Barefield broke into the Fishers Meals on Harrison Avenue SW; shot Jethro 3 times and exchanged gunfire with two officers, throughout which he was shot within the ankle. The police dog died the next day.

Jethro (pictured) was killed earlier this 12 months after being shot a number of occasions whereas responding to a housebreaking at a grocery retailer
It initially appeared the plea deal may not undergo, as Barefield on Wednesday advised Farmer he was dissatisfied together with his authorized illustration whereas confirming that he’d signed the plea settlement.
Jethro’s handler, Canton Police Division Officer Ryan Davis (pictured), mentioned he was devastated by the lack of his accomplice
He mentioned he felt his attorneys had been there for a paycheck; and that he had requested for a number of issues that hadn’t been supplied to him.

‘I might commerce locations with him in a heartbeat. Completely, as a result of I wouldn’t have to sit down right here and endure over the lack of him,’ Davis saidThe courtroom was cleared, and after Barefield spoke privately together with his attorneys — who’re public defenders — the listening to resumed.

Barefield’s actions had been known as ‘insupportable’ by Stark County Widespread Pleas Decide Kristin G. Farmer, who mentioned the longevity of his sentence displays the severity of his crime
Stark County Prosecutor John D. Ferrero, who took the weird step of sitting in with prosecutors throughout Wednesday’s listening to; mentioned his workplace was glad with the 45-year sentence and that avoiding a trial means retaining victims from what may very well be a traumatic expertise.

Barefield reportedly took the plea deal after his public defenders assured him it might be troublesome to search out an neutral jury after Jethro’s loss of life was made public within the media
“We really feel we obtained a really harmful felony off the streets,” he mentioned.

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