LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A 21-year-old Lake Charles man on Thursday pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals during a case management conference.
Tyler Scott Sanders was sentenced to 10 years in prison with five years suspended. After his release, Sanders will have five years of supervised probation.
Sanders, who was arrested in December and indicted in January, was accused of stealing and then abusing a pit-bull puppy named Halo.
Law enforcement officials said Halo had severe life-threatening injuries including broken bones, a fractured skull and multiple pellet gun wounds.
Sanders also pleaded guilty to one count of marijuana possession and one count of DUI on Thursday.