Man Charged in Sodomy of Pit Bull to Stand Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -- A 59-year-old western Michigan parolee will stand trial in the sodomy of his pet pit bull.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Friday that a two-day jury trial is scheduled Jan. 4 for Jose Sanchez in the 14th Circuit Court.

Sanchez' parole officer was told the pet dog was sexually assaulted Aug. 2. The Muskegon man is charged with one count of sodomy, a 15-year felony.

The newspaper reports that Sanchez' court-appointed attorney hopes to use insanity as a defense. Results of an evaluation by the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry were not available.

The pit bull has been placed with an animal rescue group.

A state corrections website says Sanchez was paroled last year after being convicted in 1998 of second-degree sexual assault involving a person under 13.


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