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Man Gets 35 Years for Shooting Police Dog
UPI ^ | Jan. 7, 2014

Posted on 01/09/2014 12:02:01 PM PST by nickcarraway

A South Carolina man who killed a police dog during a gunfight and chase has pleaded guilty and will serve 35 years in prison, officials said. Maurice McCreary, 24, admitted he fired a half-dozen shots at officers who were pursuing him after an armed robbery Dec. 16, 2011. No officers were hit but Fargo, who along with a large contingent of police was chasing McCreary.

When Fargo caught up to McCreary the dog bit him and latched on. As McCreary tried to run away he shot at the animal. Fargo survived long enough to make it to an emergency veterinarian but died later that night.

Several officers who testified at Monday's hearing became emotional when recalling that night, including Richland County Sheriff's investigator Warren Cavanagh, Fargo's handler, the State of Columbia reported.

"Who did he have that gun drawn for?" Cavanagh asked. "Yes, there was a dog that was killed, but he was killed doing his job and that was protecting these officers that night."

Eventually more than 200 officers were called in to help hunt down McCreary over a nine-hour span. He was eventually found sleeping in a shed behind a home in the area.

McCreary apologized to officers before receiving his sentence.

"Being bit by a dog, I did freak out and I did shoot at the dog," McCreary said. "I just ask that you accept my apology. It was never my intention to go out that night and shoot at officers and have a shootout."

McCreary pleaded guilty to five counts of attempted murder and one count of killing a police dog. He was sentenced to five concurrent 30-year terms for the attempted murder charges and an additional five years for killing the police dog, to be served after he completes the attempted murder sentences.


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1 posted on 01/09/2014 12:02:01 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Is that the same penalty for cop who shoots your dog?


2 posted on 01/09/2014 12:02:53 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: nickcarraway

Good luck to him in the prison yard.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 12:03:00 PM PST by AU72
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To: nickcarraway

Why don’t officers spend 35 years in prison when they kill their dogs leaving them locked up in a hot police car?


4 posted on 01/09/2014 12:03:17 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: nickcarraway

Came for the feeble attempts at relativism, left satisfied.


5 posted on 01/09/2014 12:07:45 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway

Kind of reminds of the old feudal laws against hunting on the Lords land or eating from the Lords fruit trees. One law for you, another for your “betters”...


6 posted on 01/09/2014 12:09:35 PM PST by apillar
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To: nickcarraway

pretty misleading title. He got 5 years for killing the dog and 30 years for attempted murder of the pursuing police officers.


7 posted on 01/09/2014 12:10:54 PM PST by circlecity
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To: nickcarraway
McCreary pleaded guilty to five counts of attempted murder and one count of killing a police dog. He was sentenced to five concurrent 30-year terms for the attempted murder charges and an additional five years for killing the police dog, to be served after he completes the attempted murder sentences.

Misleading head line but it makes for good sensationalism.

Still, cops should not get away with their ability to kill others dogs with seemingly no price to pay.

8 posted on 01/09/2014 12:11:04 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: GeronL

“Is that the same penalty for cop who shoots your dog?”

You read my mind! But then we have devolved into a “society” where those who are supposed “to serve us.” abuse us and our pets routinely. I don’t wish any human being to suffer, but I am waiting for the first cop to be shot down by a dog’s owner for killing his pet.
And don’t get me started on the lunacy of the town in Florida that just “obtained” a 30,000 lb. assault vehicle from the Feds. What’s next, arming the local doughnut munchers with M-79’s?


9 posted on 01/09/2014 12:11:22 PM PST by vette6387
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To: apillar

Not even close. This scumbag wasn’t trying to scrape by by stealing a few pigeons and pears from the King’s Orchard.

He only got 5 years for the dog. The other 30 years were for attempted murder of human beings.


10 posted on 01/09/2014 12:12:40 PM PST by JoeTheGeorgian
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To: nickcarraway
The headline is misleading, isn't it?

Considering the story states: "He was sentenced to five concurrent 30-year terms for the attempted murder charges and an additional five years for killing the police dog, to be served after he completes the attempted murder sentences."
11 posted on 01/09/2014 12:13:00 PM PST by needmorePaine
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To: nickcarraway
He got 5 years for shooting the dog.

That's 5 more years than the police get for shooting somebody else's dog, but the cop dog worked for a living.

12 posted on 01/09/2014 12:14:06 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Why don’t officers spend 35 years in prison when they kill their dogs leaving them locked up in a hot police car?

Because cops these days are little more than ignorant gang bangers with lots and lots of protection from any prosecution. Oh, and they have military hardware and arms, in case you wait too long to obey orders.
13 posted on 01/09/2014 12:15:13 PM PST by ZX12R (Never forget the heroes of Benghazi, who were abandoned to their deaths by Obama)
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To: 1rudeboy

The headline is completely false anyway. He only got 5 years for shooting the dog.


14 posted on 01/09/2014 12:15:45 PM PST by j. earl carter
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To: nickcarraway

The cops kill the citizens’ dogs every day - frequently at the wrong address, and suffer no consequences.


15 posted on 01/09/2014 12:15:59 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: GeronL

“Several officers who testified at Monday’s hearing became emotional when recalling that night, including Richland County Sheriff’s investigator Warren Cavanagh, Fargo’s handler, the State of Columbia reported.”

These dogs are major investments. With all the training that these dogs and their handlers undergo, their police department has 10’s of thousands of dollars wrapped up in each dog. And often times the officer takes the dog home at night... So when the officers get all weepy when one of their dogs gets injured, and I understand that.

BUT just let your dog growl at a police officer when the officer is on YOUR property... and well, let’s just say “It ain’t their dog.”


16 posted on 01/09/2014 12:19:17 PM PST by Tallguy (between taglines...)
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To: a fool in paradise

Die in a hot police car ...

Kind of sounds like cooking in HELL!


17 posted on 01/09/2014 12:20:15 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: vette6387

‘Roid Rage kills


18 posted on 01/09/2014 12:22:57 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: dead

cop dog worked for a living

But he did not get home safe.


19 posted on 01/09/2014 12:27:47 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: nickcarraway
Several officers who testified at Monday's hearing became emotional

BS. Cops shoot dogs all the time. If the cops thought this guy was going to shoot them he would have had 50 bullet holes in him.

20 posted on 01/09/2014 12:29:23 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Yes, they can apparently kill our dogs with impunity.


21 posted on 01/09/2014 12:30:03 PM PST by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: GeronL

Should be,
But you know that’s just not true.


22 posted on 01/09/2014 12:30:06 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: AU72
Good luck to him in the prison yard.

Do you think he's going to receive some kind of prison justice because he shot a police dog?

Hell, half the guys in the joint probably know the pain of having a K-9's jaws attached to their leg. I doubt they'll hold much animosity towards him.

23 posted on 01/09/2014 12:31:25 PM PST by Drew68
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To: nickcarraway

This headline is completely misleading. He got 5 years for shooting the dog, 30 years for the other offenses of which he was convicted.


24 posted on 01/09/2014 12:41:43 PM PST by jocon307
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To: GeronL
Is that the same penalty for cop who shoots your dog?

I'd like to know too.

25 posted on 01/09/2014 12:44:36 PM PST by Veto!
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To: nickcarraway

No offense, this is BS.

Cops shoot your damn dog for no good reason many times (sometimes legitimate) and they get nothing.

Government hypocrisy. Cops have killed their OWN K-9 dogs leaving them in their freaking cars and they get nothing, they don’t get fired, they don’t pay tens of thousands to replace the dog. Don’t tell me it’s accidental, for anyone who lives with a dog - and an expensive one they are around 24/7.

Freaking hypocrisy.


26 posted on 01/09/2014 12:46:33 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

.......I think the OVER-ARCHING issue is that if the cops want us lowly citizens to respect them and their dogs they should respect our dogs.

That said, this scumbag got off light as far as I am concerned. If you start shooting at a bunch of cops and their dog, a more appropriate result for you is one between the eyes. In fact, feeling a little cocky today, I would say if you start firing rounds at any human during the commission of a crime or anywhere else that one between the eyes is what you have coming! And, as Barry would say, that’s a PERIOD!


27 posted on 01/09/2014 12:49:41 PM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: JoeTheGeorgian
He only got 5 years for the dog. The other 30 years were for attempted murder of human beings the jack boot thugs hunting him down like HE was a subhuman.

Fixed that for ya...

Yes, he shot back at the cops, but we don't know the whole story on that, do we? Nor will we, thanks to a the complicit MSM.

28 posted on 01/09/2014 12:50:21 PM PST by Don W (Know what you WANT. Know what you NEED. Know the DIFFERENCE!)
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To: needmorePaine

Ummmmm 5 years is a harsher sentence than a paycheck from the public.


29 posted on 01/09/2014 12:51:46 PM PST by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: JoeTheGeorgian

OOPS! Missed the armed robbery bit.

Dipwad is lucky to be alive, let alone any other considerations. I officially retract my previous statement regarding this incident.


30 posted on 01/09/2014 12:53:04 PM PST by Don W (Know what you WANT. Know what you NEED. Know the DIFFERENCE!)
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To: nickcarraway

I know this one guy that raped his own 6 year old daughter and only got 6 years . . .


31 posted on 01/09/2014 12:58:43 PM PST by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Don W

He only got 5 years for the dog. The other 30 years were for attempted murder of human beings the jack boot thugs hunting him down like HE was a subhuman.
Fixed that for ya...

Yes, he shot back at the cops, but we don’t know the whole story on that, do we? Nor will we, thanks to a the complicit MSM.

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LOL. So you admit that you have absolutely no grasp of the facts, but you still feel entitled to call them JBTs even given your lack of said facts.


32 posted on 01/09/2014 1:04:39 PM PST by dmz
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To: Don W
He only got 5 years for the dog. The other 30 years were for attempted murder of human beings the jack boot thugs hunting him down like HE was a subhuman.

It's easy to assume that is the case.

We had an incident a few years back that happened in Henderson (about 25 miles S.E of Vegas) where cops used a no knock warrant on the wrong house in the early AM. (Confidential informant strikes again)

The home owner opened up with a few shot gun blasts against the intruders (IIRC, wounded one) and was subsequently charged with 6 counts of attempted murder on a police officer.

I wish I could tell you the outcome of the story but it got vaporized.

33 posted on 01/09/2014 1:07:48 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Don W
He only got 5 years for the dog. The other 30 years were for attempted murder of human beings the jack boot thugs hunting him down like HE was a subhuman.

It's easy to assume that is the case.

We had an incident a few years back that happened in Henderson (about 25 miles S.E of Vegas) where cops used a no knock warrant on the wrong house in the early AM. (Confidential informant strikes again)

The home owner opened up with a few shot gun blasts against the intruders (IIRC, wounded one) and was subsequently charged with 6 counts of attempted murder on a police officer.

I wish I could tell you the outcome of the story but it got vaporized.

34 posted on 01/09/2014 1:08:34 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: GeronL

Some dogs are more equal than others. IIRC, police dogs are legally the same as a human, should harm befall them at the hands of a civilian.


35 posted on 01/09/2014 1:09:25 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

legally the same as a human?

what was the leftist term for corporate personhood... “legal fiction”...


36 posted on 01/09/2014 1:10:31 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: dmz

Not what the poster wrote....he later self corrected ;)


37 posted on 01/09/2014 1:10:59 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: GeronL

“Is that the same penalty for cop who shoots your dog?”

He got 30 of the years for shooting at cops.


38 posted on 01/09/2014 1:11:02 PM PST by TexasGator
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To: GeronL
legally the same as a human?

They are considered "Police Officers"

39 posted on 01/09/2014 1:12:28 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: a fool in paradise

I wish there was a like button. I agree.


40 posted on 01/09/2014 1:13:02 PM PST by BlueAngel
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To: Don W

“Yes, he shot back at the cops, but we don’t know the whole story on that, do we? Nor will we, thanks to a the complicit MSM. “

Your bias shows. Why do you say he “shot back” at the cops. That impies the cops shot first. You don’t know that. Besides, why do you prefer to take the side of armed robbers?


41 posted on 01/09/2014 1:15:16 PM PST by TexasGator
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To: BlueAngel
a fool in paradise,P>I do too, and thanks, you caused me to go back and read a comment I overlooked.

BTW, great screen name. When I was a kid back in the 70's I lived in Newbury park, just a few miles south of Point Magu where they were based would practice from....many fond memories of their flyovers!!

42 posted on 01/09/2014 1:19:35 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: BlueAngel; a fool in paradise
I wish there was a like button. I agree.

I do too, and thanks, you caused me to go back and read a comment I overlooked.

BTW, great screen name. When I was a kid back in the 70's I lived in Newbury park, just a few miles south of Point Magu where they were based would practice from....many fond memories of their flyovers!!

Dang keyboard ;)

43 posted on 01/09/2014 1:24:03 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: GeronL
Legal fictions can be useful. I was exaggerating the "same as a human," there are separate statutes prescribing penalties when a civilian kills or injures (or attempts to kill or injure) a dog that is government property.

Off topic, but one useful legal fiction involves the filing of a patent application under the patent cooperation treaty. One filing, in one country, works the legal fiction that a proper application was simultaneously filed in as many as 160+ patent offices throughout the world.

Another one is that the USPTO works the legal fiction that it received a patent application the moment you give it to the Postal Service, provided you use Express Mail. It has to be Express Mail, FedEx, overnight anything else doesn't work the same legal magic.

44 posted on 01/09/2014 1:24:54 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: nickcarraway

Another stupid stinking lying headline! He was put away for firing a half-dozen shots at officers and for shooting the dog!


45 posted on 01/09/2014 1:24:57 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron; Don W

I know.

I responded before I read his retraction.

My bad.


46 posted on 01/09/2014 1:27:13 PM PST by dmz
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To: Las Vegas Ron; Don W

I know.

I responded before I read his retraction.

My bad.


47 posted on 01/09/2014 1:28:12 PM PST by dmz
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To: dmz

All is good.

Did you have to repost to get your reply to show up too?


48 posted on 01/09/2014 1:31:28 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: vette6387

“———— those who are supposed “to serve us.” abuse us and our pets routinely. “


Wow,I wasn’t aware that it was routine.

How many pets do they kill per year?

.


49 posted on 01/09/2014 1:38:52 PM PST by Mears
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Yes.


50 posted on 01/09/2014 1:40:02 PM PST by dmz
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