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My 1st exposure to the legal system

post #1 of 27
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Well I'm back and my heart rate is returning to normal.

I got to the Justice center way to early. I then ran into my neighbor's wife, his 2 daughters and a son-in-law. I was waiting for the Asst DA who I never saw before but hey he would be wearing a suit!!
Then I encounter my neighbor and is attorney.
Anyhow I did meet up with the DA and we proceed to courtroom where I wait in silence for the judge.
The reads the case and talks about the defendent waiving his rights to a jury trial etc.............
He pleaded guilty to the amended claim for mistreatment of animal, Was fined a whopping $250 plus court costs, 10 hrs community service and parital restitution to me.
I then stood up and read my statement. I tell you the 1st couple of paragrahs came out pretty shaky and then we I spoke briefly about Sheba's life it got shakey again.

The DA did point out a couple parts of my statement. Basically that neighbors should talk to one another. His attorney who I thought could not put two sentences together babbled on about the state of his clients physical health and the fear of being bitten by a stray cat. He bought up a couple of WI cases in the past yr. Plus how they owned cats when the kids were growing up-which was news to me as they had dogs. And that he would never shoot a pet-he had never seen her before August OMG she was 9 yrs old!! Lots of other BS too like there are lots of feral cats around people are always dropping them off-I just wanted to stand up can call him a big fat liar

But the judge said that this was probably a learning experience for him and that he would probably never do this again. I'll be watching him and I mentioned this statement in my statement.

A spoke with a local reporter after this. He asked if I thought the verdict was fair. I mentioned the feral cat statement and that I thought some of the statements that his attoney said were false. I also told the reporter that I would be donating the restitution to local animal shelters.

So am I happy with the outcome. I think he learned his lesson but there was some fabrication on his part which really made me mad. I haven't heard any gunshots from his property since last fall. I'm glad I went through this whole process but the only downside it that it takes so long.

I asked for an apology before the court which he did but he did not look at me. The judge made some comments also which he basically told him not to do this again. I hope he doesn't.
post #2 of 27
{{{{HUGS}}}} Gail! So glad that things went smoothly, and although it won't bring Sheba back, I'll bet she's standing over at the RB leading a giant round of applause for her meowmy!
post #3 of 27
You were so wonderful to do this for your baby . It must have been a daunting experience for you, especially with your neighbour being present in court. But you did it - and you will always know that, although it can't bring Sheba back, you got justice for her. You're wonderful
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post #5 of 27
I'm so happy that you are pleased with the outcome. I too, hope this idiot has learned his lesson!

Congratulations on standing your ground!
post #6 of 27
Gail, what you did today took a lot of courage and I know Sheba is watching you from the Bridge and sending you her warmest purrs and head butts That is wonderful that the restitution is going to a worthy case. I am just so upset that a)this happened in the first place and b)this guy got off so easy. But, I am glad you are happy with the outcome and, like you said, I hope this SOB learned a thing or two about taking an innocent life.
post #7 of 27
I applaud you, GailC!!! You are truly courageous to have faced your neighbor in court. I am disappointed that he is still in such denial, and that his family was there, presumably to give him the moral support, but that is often the case, as I see so often in my husband's criminal defense practice. I hope that your post gets lots of attention to encourage others to stand up & defend cats. I will burn a candle in my window today to show my support of your outstanding efforts. Susan
post #8 of 27
Gail thats brilliant news! It would have been better he had been hit harder, but lets hope this idiot has learnt something from this!

RIP Sheba! Justice was on your side
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
{{{{HUGS}}}} Gail! So glad that things went smoothly, and although it won't bring Sheba back, I'll bet she's standing over at the RB leading a giant round of applause for her meowmy!

I agree!!!
post #10 of 27
I'm so glad to hear this ordeal is finally over for you Gail! That is wonderful that you are happy with the outcome, and like everyone else, I know that Sheba is purring wildly at the Rainbow Bridge for everything you've done for her. I hope that scumbag has learned a thing or two about messing with innocent creatures!!
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by katspixiedust
I'm so glad to hear this ordeal is finally over for you Gail! That is wonderful that you are happy with the outcome, and like everyone else, I know that Sheba is purring wildly at the Rainbow Bridge for everything you've done for her. I hope that scumbag has learned a thing or two about messing with innocent creatures!!

Well as usual I reading this at my office and already in tears. My dear, brave Gail, you know I have followed this story from day 1 of Sheba even missing, and the resulting agony. I can't put it any more eloquently than Kat did, above. Sheba is smiling she is at peace now. May this heart-wrenching chapter in your lives and in tribute to Sheba now take only a turn for the better. I am so glad there was a fine and community service!!!!!! Oh praise be to this Judge who appeared not to diminish this loss and the actions it represented at its core.....especially with what has been going on in Wisconsin of late.

Just by sheer coincidence, as you were in court this morning, a huge story broke here of a neighbor being awarded $45,000 for the recent death of her beloved kitty (who was a rescue many years ago) and it's in IMO. I guess I was reading it the very same time you were in court.....a sign to me that your spirit is very strong in that today might mean something for the feline world we love so much. Gail.....


Love,
SASHA, SABA, SANDY and Elizabeth & Eric
RIP SHEBA

post #12 of 27
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I was planning on stopping at my favorite wine shop and splurging a bit on a nice bottle of wine and visiting Sheba's grave and toasting her life. Plus I bought some solar powered garden lights on Friday and installed them yesterday. She will have light shining on her grave at night.
Thank you everyone for your kind words today is really an emotional day for me. I'm not really focused at my job today. I had another co-worker read the letter I read in court and she started crying too!!
post #13 of 27
I hope he doesn't do it again either Gail, and I hope you can finally achieve peace from this. No amount of money would have really been restitution for what happened though. The taking of a precious life in such a careless way is the act of a coward.

I hope he and his friends/relatives leave you alone from now on. But if more strays come on your property I urge you to trap them, and bring them inside and keep them there.

Take care of yourself, I applaud your courage and your conviction to move ahead despite what he was trying to do intimidate your into silence-
post #14 of 27
Job well done, Gail!
post #15 of 27
Congratulations Gail! I'm proud of you!
post #16 of 27
Gail, you're such a strong lady!! I'm so happy that you came out with a favorable verdict and that justice prevailed. I do wish he would've been penalized way more. He deserves much much worse. However, Sheba is so proud of you and she knew that you wouldn't let her death go unpunished.
post #17 of 27
I don't know the original story, but I think I can guess what happened. I'm glad you brought the guy to court and I hope you don't hear anymore gunshots from him.
post #18 of 27
Sierra and I are so proud of you, Gail! You've been so strong and brave throughout this entire situation. Nothing could ever bring back your precious Sheba, and no punishment could ever be strong enough for the person. I'm so glad this legal case is finally over, though, and hope you can now begin to find some closure in your heart.
post #19 of 27
The thing is he has been taught a lesson and it is an example to others. He will never now dare to shoot an animal again, which is good news. You have been so brave in such difficult emotional circumstances and Have stood up for the rights of pets and pet owners everywhere. Fantastic.
post #20 of 27
all i can say that his punishment was too low, what goes around comes around and someone will most likely hurt his family with a shot gun too. ONLY THEN he will learn his lesson.

But atleast he got some punishment, and i admire you for standing up to a neighbour.
post #21 of 27




i'm glad you won the case
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by fwan
all i can say that his punishment was too low, what goes around comes around and someone will most likely hurt his family with a shot gun too. ONLY THEN he will learn his lesson.

But atleast he got some punishment, and i admire you for standing up to a neighbour.

i hope no one hurts hes family with a shot gun either i do understand what ya saying that ares pets are our family
post #23 of 27
I'm glad this is over for you Gail. Now you can rest assured that you did EVERYTHING possible for your beloved Sheba.

I am very glad his family was there to see both sides of the story. Though they may not have reacted in court, I hope that at least one of them heard you.

And bless you for planning to donate the restitution to a good cause. You are a hero to catlovers everywhere! Major hugs to you!
post #24 of 27
Thread Starter 
I bought a nice bottle of sauvignon blanc and toasted to Sheba.
There is an article in the local newpaper this morning however a few details where incorrect. Oh well. I have to watch for letters to the editor for the next week and read what people say.

Thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts and words.
post #25 of 27
Great job! I'm proud of you for following thru with this! And I'm sure Sheba is too!

I would suggest to the DA that his 10 hours community service be working at a shelter
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
{{{{HUGS}}}} Gail! So glad that things went smoothly, and although it won't bring Sheba back, I'll bet she's standing over at the RB leading a giant round of applause for her meowmy!
Couldn't have said it better.

RIP wee Sheba
post #27 of 27
Gail, you have been so very brave through all of this and I don't know if I could do it.
Sweet Angel Sheba must be so proud of you. I know everyone at TCS is
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