Calif. Man Sentenced to Prison for Shooting at Neighbor’s Dog

By ABC News

Dec 10, 2011 12:22pm

ABC News’ Katti Gray reports:

A California man accused of pointing a gun at a girl neighbor and then shooting her dog was sentenced to six years in state prison, authorities said.

Carleton Raye States, 31, of Baldwin Park, Calif., had been convicted Oct. 5 of one count each of child abuse, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence and having a concealed firearm, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

States was sentenced Friday.

Officials said States, on May 25, had taunted the child’s female Terrier mix, “Smalls,” who then began barking at States.

The girl ran inside when States drew a handgun, then fired a round at the dog, which, afterward, also ran indoors.

Authorities said States then went inside the girl’s home, pointed a gun at her as she held Smalls in her lap and threatened to shoot the animal.



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