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Barberton Man Sentenced to Two-Year Prison Term for Pit Bull Attack

James O. Henderson, of Barberton, Ohio, has been sentenced to two years in prison for allowing his pit bull to charge another man and his puppy. Henderson, 48, plead guilty late Monday to felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Authorities state that on June 17, 2011, Henderson was walking his leashed pit bull in Barberton the dog attempted to attack another unidentified man's puppy. After picking up the puppy, the man told Henderson to control his dog and walked away. Henderson then followed the man and threatened to sic his dog on him and his puppy.

The man identified himself as an off-duty State Highway Patrol office; however, Henderson continued to swear at the victim and threaten to sic his dog on the man. Henderson then released his pit bull which the man shot with his gun.

Henderson received only a quarter of the maximum allowable prison sentence under the Ohio Revised Code. Section 2903.11 of the Revised Code defines "felonious assault" as knowingly causing "serious physical harm to another or to another's unborn" or knowingly causing or attempting to cause "physical harm to another or to another's unborn by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance." An individual convicted of felonious assault, faces up to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.

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