Florida man who stabbed, stuffed dog in suitcase will serve 10 years

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FILE – In this Oct. 10, 2017 file photo, Ollie, a pit bull puppy that was stabbed multiple times, stuffed into a suitcase, rests at at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. A Florida man accused of beating the pit bull puppy will serve 10 years in prison after admitting to the crime, his defense lawyer said Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, file)

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of beating a pit bull puppy, stabbing it 50 times and stuffing it into a suitcase while the dog was clinging to life will serve 10 years in prison.

Brendan Evan’s lawyer told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Tuesday that his client agreed to plead guilty four years after the attack that drew an international outcry.

Attorney Michael Gottlieb said the 25-year-old Hollywood man was initially charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty, but prosecutors agreed to drop 15 counts in exchange for the guilty plea.

Police said DNA testing on the suitcase linked Evans to the crime. His fingerprints were also found to be linked to a residential burglary in Hollywood.

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