Thompson’s mother, according to the release, said she felt responsible for not seeing his problems sooner.
“I believe he should be punished,” she said in court. “To me, he’s been incarcerated mentally for so long.” She asked for an alternative to prison.
Cobb Assistant District Attorney Sherwin Figueroa disagreed, according to the release. Figueroa said Thompson “chose to take out his rage and his anger on an innocent animal.”
Cobb Superior Court Judge A. Gregory Poole agreed and sentenced Thompson to 10 years, with two years to serve in custody and the balance on probation.
“You stomped the dog to death,” Poole said in court. “It’s a heinous, horrible, unforgivable act. You cut the limb out from under yourself.”