Anthony Doyle was sentenced to 2-10 years in prison on Wednesday for the beating death of a dog on Wheeling Island in August of 2012. Doyle will be eligible for parole after serving two years.
Emotions were very high during the sentencing. Judge James Mazzone heard statements from a member of Doyle's family, a fellow veteran, and Doyle himself, who at one point teared up admitting that his life had snow-balled out of controland the "stupid things" he would do when drinking had gotten to a point he never thought it would.
Anthony Doyle pleaded guilty today to two charges of animal cruelty in the beating death of a dog on Wheeling Island last August.
Doyle entered his plea on Friday in Ohio County Circuit Court Judge James Mazzone's courtroom.
He will be sentenced on March 20.
The Ohio County man charged with two counts of animal cruelty was indicted by a Grand Jury Monday.
Anthony Doyle allegedly was involved in the beating death of a dog on Wheeling Island earlier in August. (Click here to read the dog owner's reaction)
Doyle now faces 1-5 years behind bars on each count. Doyle is set to be arraigned on Sept. 20 in Ohio County circuit court. A trial date is to be set during the arraignment.
A necropsy report was done on the dog and police say it shows the dog was brutally beaten Sunday.
Wheeling Detective Greg McKenzie says the report was consistent with what was alleged in the criminal complaint.
Witnesses told police Anthony Doyle punched and stomped on the dog. The dog's owner said there was blood all over her house.
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McKenzie said they took evidence from the scene. Doyle will be in court next week for a preliminary hearing.
Anthony James Doyle was arrested Sunday night after police say he allegedly beat a dog to death.
According to the police report Wheeling Police responded to a call on South Wabash Street on Wheeling Island after a woman reported she witnessed a man beating a small black and white dog on an upstairs, back porch apartment
When Wheeling Police arrived they later found the dog dead in a patch of bushes behind the residence.
They arrested Doyle for animal cruelty, which is a felony charge, and he was booked in Northern Regional Jail.
According to Ohio County Magistrate Charles Murphy, Doyle's arraignment is set for Monday and he will be issued a $25,000 cash only bond.
A preliminary hearing will be set within the next few weeks.