Man Who Shot, Killed Ohio K-9 Officer Jethro Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison

K-9 Officer Jethro was fatally shot after responding to a burglary.

August 25, 2016, 4:19 PM
PHOTO: Jethro, a K-9 for the Canton Police Department in Ohio, passed away in January of 2016 after being shot multiple times after responding to a burglary at a local grocery store, according to police.
Jethro, a K-9 for the Canton Police Department in Ohio, passed away in January of 2016 after being shot multiple times after responding to a burglary at a local grocery store, according to police.
Canton Police Department

— -- The man who shot and killed K-9 Officer Jethro, of the Canton Police Department in Ohio, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Kelontre Barefield, 23, received the sentence after pleading guilty to charges related to the police dog's death and other charges in an unrelated robbery case, a spokeswoman for the Stark County Clerk of Courts told ABC News today.

Barefield's attorney, Steven Reisch, didn't immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

Jethro was killed in January after suffering multiple gunshot wounds while responding to a burglary at a grocery store, according to Officer Eric Stanbro, head trainer of Canton PD's K-9 unit.

The death of the 3-year-old German shepherd devastated Canton PD Officer Ryan Davis, who had been Jethro's partner since he was an 8-week-old puppy.

PHOTO: Jethro, a K-9 for the Canton Police Department in Ohio, passed away in January of 2016 after being shot multiple times after responding to a burglary at a local grocery store, according to police.
Jethro, a K-9 for the Canton Police Department in Ohio, passed away in January of 2016 after being shot multiple times after responding to a burglary at a local grocery store, according to police.
Canton Police Department

In March, an 11-year-old girl donated all of her allowance money to help get bulletproof vests for all of the department's dogs.

"Officer Davis has received 2,000 letters since Jethro's death, and he was catching up with them over the weekend," Stanbro previously told ABC News. "He came across this girl's letter and donation, and it really touched him."

In the letter, an 11-year-old girl named Allison tells Davis, "I sorry about Jethro. So here is my allowance for the bulletproof vests. God bless you and the dogs."

PHOTO: An 11-year-old girl named Allison donated her allowance money to the Canton Police Department to help get bulletproof vests for dogs in the department's K-9 unit.
An 11-year-old girl named Allison donated her allowance money to the Canton Police Department to help get bulletproof vests for dogs in the department's K-9 unit.
Canton Police Department

On Wednesday, the Canton PD's K-9 Unit shared a video of some its dogs and handlers on Facebook "[i]n honor of Jethro's killer being sentenced to 45 years in prison."

The Canton Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for additional comment.

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