Man pleads guilty to using pit bull as a weapon - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Man pleads guilty to using pit bull as a weapon

James Henderson James Henderson
BARBERTON, OH (WOIO) -

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that James Henderson, 48, of  Barberton, pled guilty late Monday to Felonious Assault, a second-degree felony.

An inebriated Henderson was walking his pit bull in Barberton on June 17th, when the dog attempted to attack the victim's puppy.

The pit bull, although on a leash, was not properly restrained. The victim was able to pick up his puppy before the pit bull could reach it and informed Henderson that he needed to keep better control of his dog before walking away.

Henderson followed the victim, threatening to sic his dog on the victim and his puppy.

The victim then identified himself as an off-duty highway patrol officer and showed his badge, to no effect on Henderson.

Henderson continued to swear at the victim and threaten a dog attack. He then released his pit bull, and the victim drew his weapon and shot the charging pit bull in the head.

Visiting Judge Ted Schneiderman sentenced Henderson to two years in prison.

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