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Dog's killer gets 8 years in prison

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A northwest New Mexico man, who pleaded guilty to decapitating a dog using a chain saw, has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Authorities say 32-year-old Teddy Sexton of Aztec pleaded guilty to fourth-degree extreme cruelty to animals, which carries a sentence of up to 18 months in prison.

Defense attorney Cosme Ripol told the Farmington Daily Times that because Sexton has a prior criminal history, he faced up to 15 years, including eight mandatory.

At a sentencing hearing Monday, Sexton told state District Judge Thomas Hynes he tried to slice the dog's throat on Sept. 18 and "that didn't work."

Sexton says he then severed the head with a chain saw.

Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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