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Plea deal struck for Wausau woman in killing of ex-boyfriend's dog

Sean D. Janas
Sean D. Janas

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Wausau woman has pleaded guilty to poisoning and stabbing her ex-boyfriend's dog to death, in a case that attracted worldwide publicity.

Sean Janas, who turns 22 on Saturday, struck a plea deal Tuesday that convicts her on two felony charges related to animal mistreatment. A count of resisting an officer was dropped, along with a pair of unrelated retail theft charges.

She'll be sentenced March 17th in Marathon County.

Janas averted a trial in which a jury would have been shown a diary stating that she hated her ex-boyfriend's German shepherd-Labrador mix. It was also said to describe how the pet could be forced to take bleach and pain pills.

The case struck a nerve among animal lovers. About 100 people brought their pets to the courthouse during an early hearing in the case.

Social media spread the story, and a prosecutor said he received thousands of e-mails demanding the maximum penalty.

The remaining charges carry jail and prison time of 27 months, plus two years of extended supervision.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)