The person accused of killing a pit bull by setting it on fire earlier this year, Jyahshua A. Hill, 20, of the 1300 block of St. Peter Street, pleaded guilty today in Richmond Circuit Court to one count of Felony Animal Cruelty.
The pit bull, named Tommie by rescuers, was treated for his injuries, which included burns on over 40% of his body. His death caused outrage in the Richmond area and spurred donations to Richmond Animal Care & Control, a vigil, and contributions for a final resting place at a local pet cemetery.
As part of a plea agreement, Hill will serve five years in prison, the maximum sentence allowable by law, without the possibility of parole. In addition, he will have three years of post-release supervision by the court. He is also barred from owning or possessing animals for life.
Hill was accused of tying a pit bull to a fence in Abner Clay Park, dousing it with a flammable liquid, and setting it on fire last February. The dog, named Tommie by rescuers, was treated for severe burns but died five days later. He was arrested in May, shortly after he was indicted by the Multi-jurisdictional Grand Jury on one count of Felony Animal Cruelty.
Contributions in Tommie’s memory are still being accepted by Richmond Animal Care and Control.