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Odle and Evans Sentenced

November 8th, 2012 - By Steve James

 

The widely publicized case of animal abuse in Weakley County has reached it conclusion with the two young men involved receiving a form of probation.

18 year old Preston Ray Odle of Dresden and 20 year old Levi Nash Evans of Greenfield were arrested in May and charged with aggravated animal cruelty after they admitted to stabbing and beating a 16 week old St Bernard puppy until it died.

The pair pled guilty in September, and learned their sentence today in front of Judge Bill Acree.

The prosecution asked a spokesperson for the group “Justice for Puppy Doe” Lisa Oatsvall to speak, and she urged Judge Acree to hand down the maximum sentence allowed to set an example for animal abuse cases. The charge is a Class E felony that carries a maximum sentence of one to two years in prison.

Judge Acree said Class E felonies can have alternative sentencing, and gave both men two years of Judicial Diversion, which is a form of probation.

Ms. Oatsvall spoke to WCMT news after the hearing, and said she was disappointed with the verdict, but said her group will continue to bring the issue of animal abuse to the forefront in the area.

Odle and Evans are now required to do 200 hours each of community service, both will have mental evaluations, and both will have random drug test during their next two years.