|Who, age||What||Where||When||Last Known Address|
|Christopher Lane Ashmun, 16||beat 1 dog, penetrating its rectum, the dog & 10 pups were euthanized||
|December 6, 2003|
|Type of Crime||Other Crimes||#/Type of animal(s) involved||Case Status||Next Court Date /Courthouse|
|Felony||1 adult dog, 10 pups||Convicted||Criminal District Court|
A Nederland teen pleaded guilty in Criminal District Court to animal cruelty.
Christopher Lane Ashmun, now 18, signed a confession in open court admitting to a charge that he beat dogs in his yard on Luling Avenue and penetrated the dog's rectum with an unknown object on December 6, 2003. He is scheduled for sentencing May 9, 2005 at 9:30 a.m.
The offense is punishable by up to 2 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Probation also is possible, Jefferson County assistant district attorney John Ross said.
Nederland animal control had to destroy 11 puppies taken from Ashmun's home because the 1-year-olds were too wild to be pets.
Ashmun was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 5 years probation.
Ashmun, 18, pled guilty for torturing his Labrador-mix "Pinkie." The torture involved inserting a disposable douche into the dog's rectum, beating it with boards and beating it with a piece of pipe.
Assistant District Attorney John Ross said Ashmun's sentence also includes monthly psychiatric counseling, a $2,000 fine and Ashmun must pay restitution to the Nederland animal control office. Along with "Pinkie," animal control officers had to destroy 10 other puppies taken from Ashmun's home on Luling Avenue because the animals were too wild to become pets.
The maximum sentence Ashmun could have received was 2 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
"What I hope is that it provides some closure to the parties in the case," Ross said. I think it was fair considering all the facts and circumstances in the case, balanced against the fact he had no prior criminal history."
Ashmun will begin serving his 30-day sentence at the Jefferson County Jail in July, Ross said.
Reference: Beaumont Enterprise