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Woman Convicted Of Animal Cruelty Back Behind Bars

MADERA COUNTY – An Oakhurst woman found guilty of beating a puppy in August of 2012 has been sentenced to two years behind bars.

Last week, Janice Mossman Aguilar, 41, of Oakhurst, was sentenced to county jail for violating the terms of her probation, previously ordered by the Sierra Division of the Madera Superior Court at Bass Lake, according to Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz.

On Aug. 29, 2012, a witness observed Ms. Aguilar holding a small puppy on the ground and punching it repeatedly with her fist until its eye was dislocated from its socket. On Mar. 12, 2013, she entered a plea to the felony charge of animal cruelty.

On Apr. 9, 2013, the Madera Superior Court sentenced Aguilar to three years of felony probation and ordered her to serve 76 days in custody at the Madera County Department of Corrections.

Following her initial sentencing, Aguilar violated her terms of probation and committed new crimes, including petty theft and obstructing a peace officer.

Because of these violations, the court revoked Ms. Aguilar’s probation.

Last week, Aguilar was sentenced to two years in behind bars. Because the legislature “realigned” the sentencing laws in 2011, Ms. Aguilar will be incarcerated in the Madera County Department of Corrections instead of state prison.

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