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Defendant Sentenced for Felony Animal Cruelty

DATE:  March 17, 2016

CASE:  David Earl Billoups

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Nicholas Johnson, Felony Bureau

The Honorable Matthew Gary sentenced David Earl Billoups to 5 years in county jail prison.  On February 18, 2016, a jury convicted Billoups of felony animal cruelty. Billoups has a prior 2006 conviction for evading police officers and a prior 2009 conviction for burglary. 

Billoups and Lynda Witherspoon were in a romantic relationship. On February 19, 2015, Billoups went to Ms. Witherspoon’s residence and the two argued in her bedroom. When Ms. Witherspoon told Billoups she wanted to end the relationship, Billoups walked out of the room.  Ms. Witherspoon then heard Billoups curse at her two-month-old Pit Bull puppy “Baby” followed by a thumping noise. When she ran out of her bedroom, she saw Baby twitching.  The dog died at the residence.

Sacramento Animal Care Services performed a necropsy of Baby and determined the dog had two broken vertebra, a fractured skull, and bruising on the skull.


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