Significant prison sentence for man who killed police K-9

A man who killed a police K-9 last August has been given a significant prison sentence. As reported by KSLA News, Vincent Roberson will spend 10 years in prison for killing K-9 officer Sergeant Boco, with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Last week, Roberson pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty – the judge’s sentence of 10 years in prison is the maximum for the crime.  Public Information Officer Stephen Williams with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office tells KARK News,

“He was our dog, and he belonged to everyone here in the department,” adding, “It’s still a tough pill to swallow, but we’re satisfied with it.”

On August 18, the sheriff’s department recounted the events leading up to their K-9 officer’s death:

At approximately 7:30 pm Friday evening the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call of a suspicious person at a residence on Chandler Road. A short time later deputies arrived on the scene and encountered Vincent Roberson who was wanted for attempted 2nd degree murder in Monroe, LA for shooting his girlfriend. As deputies approached Roberson, he fled into the woods behind the residence and K-9, Boco, was deployed. Moments later deputies heard a volley of gunfire and were unable to locate Boco. Law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies continued their search of Roberson until around 2 a.m. when he was taken into custody. At approximately 3:45 a.m. this morning deputies were able to locate Boco and found him deceased at the scene. Boco died heroically helping to apprehend a suspect in order to keep our community safe.

K-9 Boco was just six years of age when he will killed.

Prior article about this situation here.

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