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Leader of Puppy Burning Group Sentenced



    Leader of Puppy Burning Group Sentenced

    The accused leader of four men that pleaded guilty to setting a puppy on fire has been sentenced to 5 years in jail.

    Darius Ewing was accused of being the leader of the group that torched a 4-month-old puppy later named Justice by a rescue group.

    Ewing and Richard Valentine pleaded guilty on Tuesday to single animal cruelty counts. Valentine was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

    Two other men involved in the burning, Adrian Ayers and Darius Carey, already entered guilty pleas. Ayers received a two-year prison sentence, while Carey drew a 15-month term.

    Authorities say the men set fire to the dog in April of last year at an apartment complex in the Pleasant Grove district of southeast Dallas.

    The puppy suffered burns to 70 percent of its body and had to be euthanized.