Second Suspect in Dog Shooting Case Sentenced

September 13, 2011

The second man charged in connection to the fatal shooting of a family pet in northern Albemarle County was sentenced Tuesday morning.

Brian Tichner, 22, will serve two years behind bars. He was given the maximum five years for possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, but the judge suspended 36 months of the sentence. Tichner had prior convictions of burglary, grand larceny and petty larceny, which contributed to the judge's decision to give the maximum jail time.

The Dyke resident testified in May that his friend, Justin Riggs, pulled the trigger and killed Mattie, a 10-month-old Siberian Husky belonging to Ed and Yvonne Scarborough. Riggs entered a plea agreement in August that will include a mandatory two years behind bars.

"My client had no intent at all to harm an animal or anyone and felt genuinely remorseful about the dog being killed by his companion," said Tichner's attorney, David Heilberg.

Prior to the sentence being handed down, Tichner admitted he had marijuana and anger problems and apologized to the Scarborough family, saying, "I'm sorry for what happened to the dog."

Sobbing, he hugged his mother before leaving the courtroom.

The Scarborough family reported the shooting outside their home in the Fray's Grant neighborhood in January. They approved of the plea agreement Tichner entered.

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