Animal advocates around the country are rejoicing over the sentence handed
down Friday (07/13) to Andrew Burnett, the man convicted in June of
killing Leo the dog during a vicious road rage incident. Reflecting the
strong public sentiment against Burnett’s actions and his lack of remorse,
California Superior Court Judge Kevin J. Murphy sentenced Mr. Burnett to
three years in jail, the maximum penalty allowable by law. The sentencing
came despite a previous recommendation by the Santa Clara County Probation
Department that he be given mere probation. The terrible killing of Leo
attracted national attention, and was recently highlighted in Senator
Robert Byrd’s passionate speech on the Senate floor, where he called the
incident “a monstrous, brutal, barbaric act” while appealing for more
humane treatment of animals.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Send your letters of thanks to Judge Murphy to:
The Honorable Kevin Murphy
Hall of Justice
190 West Hedding St.
San Jose, CA 95110
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