In July of 2012, Seven Stuart and Daniel Weiskerch shot and decapitated a six-year-old Pit Bull named Smokey in Grayling. Smokey was very much loved by his family who had gotten him as a puppy. You can read the original story here.
These two men pleaded guilty in Circuit Court on July 22nd to animal cruelty charges which include one count of killing/torturing an animal. The plea deal agreement included a second charge of killing/torturing an animal and felony firearms charges being dropped for both men. They currently face a $5,000 fine, 500 hours of community service, up to two and a half years and prison and will be banned from owning animals.
Under MDOC (Michigan Department of Corrections.) guidelines, the maximum sentencing is two years and six months. The prosecutor believes that there is “substantial and compelling” reasons to depart from the MDOC recommendation of three to six months in jail.
Their sentencing will be on September 9th at 9 am at the court house in Grayling. Ron Lukas, the father of Smokey’s owner Dan Kelley, urges anyone in the area to be in the courthouse for sentencing to show their support of the highest possible sentencing available for this crime.
UPDATE SEPT. 7th: This article had earlier included information on emailing the prosecutor, asking for him to forward your emails to the judge about giving the highest possible sentencing in this case. Pet Friends Magazine has learned that the Judge in this case has received an objection to the letters sent and based on that, she has refused to consider them or read them because the people who sent the letters are not “victims.” Because of this, you are urged to show up in the courtroom in person to support a strong sentence in this case.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 9TH: Unfortunately, the sentencing in this case was very minimal. Read more about it here.