A Sacramento man found guilty of shooting the family dog and threatening his girlfriend has been sentenced to 29 years to life in prison.
A jury in February convicted 63-year-old Jimmy Wayne Brown of animal abuse with use of a firearm, two counts of making criminal threats, reckless discharge of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. He was sentenced Wednesday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Robert Twiss.
On Feb. 17, 2015, Brown and his girlfriend lived together in south Sacramento. He became angry with her and threatened to kill her and everyone in the house. Brown retrieved a handgun and shot one of the family dogs, authorities said. The dog had be be euthanized as a result of the gunshot wound.
Brown was sentenced under California’s “three-strikes” law. He has two strike convictions for voluntary manslaughter with use of a firearm in 1987 and a 1982 conviction for second-degree murder in Colorado, according to the District Attorney’s Office.