On Tuesday, the teen who shot a Virginia Beach police officer’s pit bull was sentenced to six years behind bars. Dashaun Robinson, 18, broke into the officer’s home in December 2017 and shot a three-year-old pit bull named Zulu; the dog was seriously injured and had to undergo life-saving surgery. Zulu was shot after hearing the commotion in the house and chasing after Robinson and his friends, who had kicked in the door to the home.
Circuit Judge William O’Brien sentenced the teen after he pleaded guilty to charges for armed burglary, conspiracy, animal cruelty and multiple gun charges – Robinson will remain behind bars at the juvenile detention center where he has been held since the time of his arrest.
As reported by the Virginia Pilot, Robinson’s lawyer argued that the teen had a difficult upbringing and asked that his client be allowed to stay in the detention center because it has more to offer the boy for rehabilitation. The prosecutor hoped to see Robinson sentenced to time in prison, arguing that he committed an adult crime.
Robinson will be allowed to remain in the detention center until he is 21 – after that he will serve the rest of his time in prison.
(Screenshot of Zulu via Virginia Pilot)