Courts & Crime

Macon man gets 15 years in dog beating case

A Macon man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday in connection with beating his pit bull to death in 2008.

Anthony Bernard Burke, 21, of Melvin Place, also was found guilty of influencing two witnesses and giving false information to police, prosecutor Kim Schwartz said.

Burke’s trial began Monday in Bibb County Superior Court. Jurors deliberated about a half-hour Tuesday before returning their verdict, Schwartz said.

During the trial, three eyewitnesses testified that they saw Burke beat the dog to death in his yard on Dec. 18, 2008, after the dog had escaped from a heavy logging chain being used to tether it. Burke used the same chain and a garden hoe to strike the dog, hitting it in the head.

“He beat her until the handle of the hoe broke,” Schwartz said.

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