dog mauling sentence handed down
A belated notice of yesterday's sentencing of Marjorie Knoller to the maximum four years in prison for her conviction in the dog mauling death of one of ther neighbors. Counting time already served, Knoller faces more than a year in prison. The judge reduced her second-degree murder conviction to manslaughter because he saw no proof Knoller intended to cause the death, but chastised the defendent severely for her actions,
"You knew those dogs were dangerous, you knew you could not control them, you took them outside anyway and it was clear at some point, someone was going to get hurt by those dogs," he said.
Frankly, although Ms. Knoller and her husband seem like odious people, the outcome seems fair. What happened seems to fit the description of manslaughter, and I got the distinct impression that the judge wishes he had a harsher sentence at his disposal, but despite his disenchantment with the defendant, he refused to mangle the law to achieve that end. Props to Judge James Warren.