SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento National Guardsman has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to two felony counts of animal abuse.
Ramone Dupree King Jr. was accused of drowning a neighbor's chihuahua by putting it in a washing machine and turning the machine on. The dog had reportedly bit a child. That was in April 2010.
Several weeks later, King's girlfriend reported he kicked her Pomeranian to death after it urinated in his bedroom.
When first charged, King initially denied killing the chihuahua and claimed the Pomeranian's death was an accident, according to Shelly Orio, spokeswoman for the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.
King enlisted in the California National Guard in 2006, said spokesman Major Jonathan Shiroma. King has not been deployed into combat.
King did not have a prior criminal record. He was sentenced to two years and eight months behind bars.