Jul 30, 2010 1:39 PM by Monica Gouty, News First 5
DENVER (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to dragging a dog to death in western Colorado has been sentenced to three years in federal prison, the maximum term possible.
Thirty-eight-year-old Steven Clay Romero of Grand Junction was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Philip Brimmer in Denver. Romero pleaded guilty in April to aggravated animal cruelty. The dog, named Buddy, was found dead on Dec. 30 on the Colorado National Monument. He had a rope tied around his neck. Prosecutors said Romero and his sister, Marie Lockhart, stole Buddy and another dog from a pickup.
Lockhart has pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact. She had been accused of lying about the death of the dog.