GOSHEN — An Elkhart teen, who pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to animal cruelty and armed robbery, was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections this morning.
Marquis Armone Gary, who was 16 at the time of the July 5 animal cruelty incident, received a total of 12 1/2 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections plus another 4 1/2 years on probation for the Class D felony of animal cruelty and the Class B felony of armed robbery from Elkhart County Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker.
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.