Accused Dog Killers Arraigned In Court

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They are accused of being brutal animal killers. 33-year-old Benjamin Lance Conley and 30-year-old Nicholas Lee Conley were arraigned in 54 A District Court Friday afternoon.

By video they appeared before Judge Frank J. DeLuca.

They allegedly first stabbed and then hanged their pit bull mix in the middle of the afternoon at their home on Illinois Ave in Lansing on September 6th.

"In a case involving an animal, it will definitely touch your heart a little bit more. In this case the victim doesn't have a voice, so we have to be the voice for that victim," said Deputy Kyle Hanney, who works for the Ingham County Animal Control.

This isn't the first offense done by the Conleys. Nicholas was previously convicted of one felony and Benjamin has two prior felonies.

Benjamin Conley's first encounters with the law started when he was 17-year-old. In addition to the violent animal killing and torturing charges, Benjamin Conley is also charged with assault and battery.

When asked about his employment Benjamin said he is "currently waiting on disability."

Bond was sent at $25,000. Neither is allowed to live in a home with pets.

"I'm overjoyed. I can speak on behalf of Ingham County and it's a great feeling," said Hanney. "We are relieved that these suspects are off of the streets. We're going to prevent it from happening again and hopefully it is a message to the community as well that if something like this happens there are consequences and we will prosecute you."

The deputy says its the most gruesome case he has worked on, but reminds folks the two are innocent until proven guilty.

If convicted the two Conleys could face 4 years in prison and or a $5,000 fine each.

When Judge DeLuca told Benjamin Conley "Judge Clark will be looking forward to seeing,": Benjamin Conley responded " I bet he will."

The two are scheduled for their Preliminary Hearing October 11 before Judge Hugh Clarke.

Ingham County Animal Control says the charges wouldn't have happened without the community coming forward as witnesses. Animal Control also expresses gratitude to the Lansing Police Department and the Ingham County Prosecutor's office.

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