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Gerald B. DeBarge (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Gerald B. DeBarge (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A Lake Charles man found guilty in 14th Judicial District Court recently of injuring or killing a police animal will serve two years, according to a news release from court officials.

Gerald Brent Debarge was accused of injuring a police canine, stemming from an incident on Aug. 14, 2012 while police officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant.

Judge G. Michael Canaday sentenced Debarge Friday to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, however, one year was suspended.

Debarge was also ordered to serve six months concurrent in the parish jail for resisting an officer.

Upon completion, court officials said Debarge will be on supervised probation for two years.

Debarge will also be required to pay a $5,000 fine and the canine vet's bill.

Canaday denied two defense motions of acquittal and a new trial.

Debarge was found guilty Jan. 24 of killing or injuring a police animal. Canaday also found Debarge guilty of resisting an officer stemming from the same incident, officials said.

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