18-year-old pleads guilty to mutilating mother's dog

Judge tossed out first plea bargain

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A Grand Junction man accused of mutilating a dog and hanging its body from a bridge pled guilty to charges again this week.

Joseph Nelson, 18, pled guilty to aggravated cruelty to an animal and criminal mischief in July.  The plea deal would have likely sentenced Nelson to just probation.

However, a judge threw out that plea saying it was too lenient.

Thursday, Nelson pled guilty to an aggravated animal cruelty charge, reported KJCT.

The other charges were dismissed.

He will be sentenced in October and will likely face jail time, the station reported.

Nelson was arrested in November in the in the brutal killing of DeMayo, a 20-pound, mixed-breed dog that was found hanging by its leash from the bridge on Aug. 15, 2011, KJCT reported.


The dog's internal organs were cut out and an eyeball was missing, police said.

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