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Man Who Killed Chihuahua With Golf Club Avoids Prison Sentence

Larry Edward Jaurequi, 59, killed a six-pound Chihuahua by striking her with a golf club in January.

A Menifee man who clubbed a Chihuahua to death when the dog ran onto his property pleaded guilty today to felony animal cruelty and was immediately sentenced to home detention and three years probation.

Larry Edward Jaurequi, 59, killed the six-pound canine, Lily, by striking her with a golf club in January.

In a plea deal negotiated with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Jaurequi admitted committing an act of animal cruelty and using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. In turn, prosecutors dropped a separate sentence-enhancing weapon allegation.

Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez sentenced Jaurequi to two months home detention, as well as the 36 months probation. The judge also ordered him to pay $2,120 in restitution to Lily's owner, Barbara Hitchman, and to never have contact with her.

According to D.A.'s office spokesman John Hall, the Menifee woman was consulted before prosecutors offering the plea deal to Jaurequi. Had he been convicted by a trial jury, the defendant could have faced up to four years behind bars.

Lily and a poodle mix got loose on the afternoon of Jan. 26 and wandered onto a cul-de-sac in the 28100 block of Summitrose Drive, near High Ridge Circle.

The defendant saw the dog and, with a golf club in hand, positioned himself next to the animal, according to sheriff's Sgt. Sergio Rodriguez.

"Without reason or cause, the male swung the club against the Chihuahua as if driving a golf ball off its tee," the sergeant said earlier. "The force of the swing sent the animal flying through the air. The suspect was preparing for a second swing when he was stopped by people that just witnessed his acts."

Hitchman arrived seconds after the attack and confronted Jaureqi.

"I told him, 'You're insane. You're psycho. You need to be locked away,"' she said in a televised interview. "He said, 'Your dog shouldn't be loose anyway."'

Lily died from catastrophic internal injuries on a veterinarian's table a short time later.

censored messenger October 31, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Moral of the story? Keep your dogs on your property, obey the law.... Had she cared to do this, there would be no incident...
Julie Franklin December 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM
he should be in prison. THIS WAS A SMALL DOG so he couldnt say he feared for his life and acted in self defence....and then to hit again when dog was laying on the ground. If I was the owner I would have insisted on trial by jury to get him to jail.
Julie Franklin December 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM
....some dogs escape by accident so cant blame owner! outrageous
Alek J Hidell December 31, 2012 at 02:08 PM
true, Julie, my neighbor's pit bulls escape by accident so can't blame owner! outrageous
Wiley January 13, 2013 at 07:46 AM
As a former school administrator, is he still collecting a pension from the state of California? There should be a law against felons collecting state money.

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