June 13, 2006
The man found guilty in the shooting death of an Albemarle County K-9 will spend the next ten years in jail.
Robert Cooke was sentenced today, getting a mandatory five years for a firearms charge and another five years for killing police dog, Ingo. Originally the jury had recommend seven years for the dog's death, but the judge reduced that time, instead giving Cooke two years supervised probation. The Commonwealth's Attorney believes the sentence was fair.
"We're very pleased with the judge's sentence today. I think that's a confirmation of what the community said when the jury returned the verdict, a ten-year active sentence is very appropriate in this case," said James Camblos.
Cooke must also pay a $5,000 restitution