Suspended Sentences for Bastrop Dog Slashers

Chicot Memorial

BASTROP, LA (Ben Caxton) — The two Southeast, Arkansas men charged in connection with a 2016 video where they are shown slashing a dog’s throat have been sentenced in a Bastrop, Louisiana court. 24-year-olds Steven Sadler and Boots Stanley of Hamburg pled guilty in April. On Thursday a judge imposed a sentence of three years hard labor for each man, but then suspended the sentences. They each faced a possible maximum 10-year prison sentence or maximum $25,000 fine. The pair will be placed on supervised probation for at least one year and may not possess weapons, use alcohol, or own animals during that time. They also must undergo a psychological evaluation, serve 480 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine. In the Snapchat video, discovered online on Facebook by a Hamburg police officer, Sadler is seen holding and cutting a dog’s throat. Stanley was identified as the person who videoed it.



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