Man sentenced after admitting to stealing hunting dog

Man sentenced after admitting to stealing hunting dog

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Pocahontas man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing a hunting dog in 2014.

Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce announced that James Tyler Sheppard, 34, plead guilty to two counts of theft of property and one count of breaking or entering in a case involving the theft of a dog.

In November 2014, a hunter reported that his black lab was stolen from his home in Pocahontas.

The Randolph County Sheriff's Department said the theft happened on Navy Drive, off of Country Club Road.

The owner said the dog's trainer returned the lab on November 12. When he came home the next night, the dog was not in its pen and the gate was closed.

In January 2015, Sheppard was arrested for the theft.

The hunter reportedly had to drive to Georgia to pick up the dog after Sheppard sold it to someone there.

Sheppard was sentenced to 60 months of supervised probation, ordered to pay assessed court costs and fines, and must pay $10,000 in restitution.

"After preparing for trial which included summoning out-of-state witnesses I am glad to see the defendant admit his guilt in this case," Boyce said.

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