Some say 24 year old George Wayne Hughes was doomed the moment he walked into a Montgomery County courtroom...
Number 1- he was accused of brutally beating two puppies and killing one last year. A second puppy died three weeks later.
Problem #2 - Hughes' criminal defense...He claimed he thought his sister owned the 8 week old puppies and it was his way of putting down two sick animals.
Amanda Lanning is the assistant District Attorney handling the case. She says, "the nature of this case was very shocking. "
Let's start from the beginning. Back in March of 2012 investigators say Hughes attempted to break up an argument between his sister and her roommate at their Cut and Shoot home. During that argument prosecutors say the roommate Reagan Richards took Hughes' sister's cell phone. When Richards refused to give up the phone, in front of a house full of people, Hughes went outside and grabbed two of the roommate's puppies by the hind legs... The rest is what resulted in the former marine's conviction by a 12 member jury.
Lanning says, "the animals were about 8 weeks old. He slammed them together and then one against the house until it died. He's charged with cruelty to non-live stock animals. "
Hughes was convicted in 45 minutes by a jury.
Hughes was sentenced to 5 years probation and he will also have to serve 120 days in jail. The military man who served in Afghanistan was described by his estranged wife who was scary and violent.
During the punishment phase Hughes broke down on the stand. He also said he was sorry for killing the puppy and if he could take it all back he would...His attorney indicated the ravages of war may have played a role in his behavior that day when he picked up two puppies in Cut and Shoot.
John Choates was Hughes' defends attorney. He says, "he knows what happened got out of hand and he has been repentive and sorry for it."