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Defendant Convicted for Abusing, Killing Dog Found in BBQ

DATE:  November 22, 2016

CASE:  Jesse Tom (Case #15F04095)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley, Community Prosecution Unit

Jesse Tom was convicted by a jury of felony animal abuse, resisting arrest, and attempted arson.  The jury also found true that Tom personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon. 

On July 8, 2015, Elk Grove police officers responded to a residence after neighbors reported hearing an animal in distress.  When officers arrived at the home, Jesse Tom slammed the door on them.  The officers then entered Tom’s backyard, where they found a small dog stuffed into the bottom of a Weber barbeque kettle.  Briquettes had been stacked on the dog and cooking oil was poured on its remains.  The dog had also been beaten, stabbed with a broken bottle, and strangled. 

Tom tried to evade arrest by fleeing on foot, jumping several fences through neighboring yards.  Inside the residence, a small fire was found to have been ignited on the stove.

Tom’s criminal history includes felony reckless evasion of a peace officer, drug possession, and several driving under the influence convictions.  He was on both formal probation and parole at the time of the offenses. 

Tom faces a maximum sentence of 6 years and 8 months in prison.  Sentencing is set for January 27, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 40 before the Honorable Raoul Thorbourne.


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