Jacksonville County, FL – Life came to a crashing halt for a police detective in Florida last year when his home was burglarized, his guns and truck were stolen, and his dog was shot in the mouth by a 14 year old.
Jacksonville County Sheriff's Detective Paul Shaw's arrived home from working a 12-hour shift in October of 2016 to find his home broken into, his guns stolen, his truck stolen, some jewelry stolen, and his beloved pit bull terrier Hemingway missing.
The front door had been kicked in, and when he went inside, Det. Shaw found a pool of blood and bloody paw prints.
Det. Shaw said that he searched night and day for Hemingway, and that on the fourth day he found the frightened, mocha-colored dog.
After 13 months, Hemingway is still not the same, although he has healed physically, his owner said.
Det. Shaw appeared in juvenile court for the sentencing of the teenager who shot his dog and stole his belongings on Nov. 9.
The juvenile was offered a plea deal by Assistant State Attorney Cyrus Zomorodian, who said that no fingerprints had been found in the home, and that it could not be proven that the juvenile had shot Hemingway.
The juvenile, who could have been sentenced to a lengthy prison term if convicted for his crimes, was sentenced to nine to 12 months in a high-risk detention facility. When he is released, he will have a curfew from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. until he is 21 years old.
He also has to write a letter of apology to Det. Shaw, and pay him $4,000 in restitution. The juvenile is never to have contact with Det. Shaw after the letter of apology and the restitution.
The Florida Times Union reported that the dete ctive appeared unhappy with the lenient sentence given to the juvenile who committed the crimes against him and his pet.
“I think I speak for all victims of crime and the law-abiding citizens of Jacksonville when I say that it’s infuriating to know that law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day apprehending and arresting dangerous criminals only to have the State Attorney’s Office and the court system drop cases or impose minimal sentences, especially when it comes to juvenile crime,” Det. Shaw said in court.
In court, Det. Shaw told the sad story of how he followed his dog's bloody paw prints the night of the break-in, but could not locate him.
“You caused me tremendous amount of stress in addition to the physical, mental and emotional trauma you inflicted on Hemingway, a helpless dog,” he said.
Det. Shaw also addressed the juvenile and another teen, who had bailed out of Det. Shaw's stolen truck after they rammed several police cars trying to leave a known drug area. When he was arrested, the juvenile had crack cocaine in his pocket, according to WOKV.
“I’m not here to predict your future. Nor am I here to be politically correct. I’m here to tell you to take advantage of another opportunity the State Attorney’s Office and the court system have given you,” he said.
The juvenile's previous criminal history included battery charges, possession of marijuana, and driving other stolen vehicles.
The teen's father denied that his son was involved, and said that he had never been inside Detective Shaw's home. He said that his son should not have to stay locked up for another year.
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