MAYVILLE – Robert Overton, Jr., 47, of Jamestown, plead guilty to aggravated animal cruelty (Class E Felony) in Chautauqua County Court Friday.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson confirmed the news to WNYNewsNow. Swanson said that Overton will serve a year, minus time served, in Chautauqua County Jail.
“We are very pleased with the outcome,” Swanson said. “A lot of people won’t be happy with the outcome, but that’s what the law is.”
Swanson said that the maximum possible sentence for Overton was two years in county jail, according to New York State’s Agricultural and Markets Law.
“That’s an offense that should be treated more severely,” Swanson said. Swanson added that there was no plea offer; Overton simply plead guilty to the charge.
During an exclusive interview in Apr. 2018, Overton admitted to hanging his pit bull the winter before.
Glad he was prosecuted. One year in jail is insufficient.
Clearly, paltry penalties for animal abuse and torture do not fit these crimes which should be obvious from the public interest generated by this hellish story.