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Police dog's killer gets a life term

Conviction was Ronald Chenette's third strike

Ronald J. Chenette, convicted six months ago in the death of a police dog, knew what was going to happen well before Friday’s sentencing hearing in Clark County Superior Court.

Everyone else knew, too.

The sentence was dictated by a "three strikes" law that locks away felons for life after three violent crimes.

The absence of suspense, then, maybe explains why nobody who didn’t have to be at the hearing showed up, save for Chenette’s parents and one other supporter.

When Judge Roger Bennett expressed surprise that no officers showed up on behalf of Dakota, a 5-year-old German shepherd owned by the Vancouver Police Department, Deputy Prosecutor Scott Jackson shrugged.

The sentencing had been rescheduled many times — due to requests from court-appointed defense attorney Jeff Barrar, who was investigati


Added: May-17-2009 Occurred On: May-15-2009
By: komakazzi
Tags: police, dog, killer, paranoid, schizophrenic, life, sentence, murdering, drug dealer, robbery
Location: Vancouver, Washington, United States (load item map)
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