GOSHEN — A teenager admitted to killing a dog by throwing a firecracker at it last summer and will have his sentence for that charge tacked on the end of an armed robbery sentence.
Marquis Armone Gary, who was 16 at the time of the July 5 animal cruelty incident, pleaded guilty in Elkhart Circuit Court Thursday to animal cruelty as a Class D felony and also pleaded guilty to a Class B armed robbery charge.
Gary’s plea agreements call for him to be sentenced to 14 years in prison with four years suspended on the armed robbery charge. The sentence for the animal cruelty charge is being left up to Judge Terry Shewmaker. Under Indiana law the judge can make the sentence for a Class D felony from six months to three years and include up to $10,000 in fines.
The armed robbery charge stems from a June 3 holdup of a man. Gary admitted to taking the man’s wallet when the man was threatened with a gun by three youths, including himself.
County Prosecutor Curtis Hill Jr. said earlier this year he sought to waive Gary from juvenile court to adult court for the safety of the community.
The dog was a female pit bull that attempted to pick up the firecracker and suffered severe facial trauma when it exploded. The incident drew widespread attention from the media and Gary was arrested July 8.
Nappanee mother sentenced
In another sentencing, a Nappanee mother of a toddler was sent to prison for her role as driver in an armed robbery of an Elkhart market that left the owner injured.
Kayla Losee, 19, joined three men June 15 in robbing the Neighborhood Convenience Store, 1712 Oakland Ave. Two of the men entered the store and stole cash after beating the owner with a golf club he had grabbed in an attempt to scare the robbers away. The other three defendants have been sentenced.