Killer of Ohio K-9 Sentenced to 45 Years

The man who fatally shot Canton, OH, police dog Jethro has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Canton Police Department K-9 Jethro was shot and killed in January by Kelontre D. Barefield. (Photo: Canton PD via Facebook)Canton Police Department K-9 Jethro was shot and killed in January by Kelontre D. Barefield. (Photo: Canton PD via Facebook)

The man who fatally shot Canton, OH, police dog Jethro has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Kelontre D. Barefield, 23, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to charges related to Jethro's death and several other counts stemming from four earlier burglaries and an unrelated aggravated robbery, CantonRep.com reports.

Stark County Common Pleas Judge Kristin G. Farmer called Barefield's actions "intolerable" and said they violated "the safety and security of this county and the people sworn to protect it" as she sentenced him to a combined 45-year prison term that covers both pending cases.

In January, Barefield broke into the Fishers Foods on Harrison Avenue SW, shot Jethro three times and exchanged gunfire with two officers, during which he was shot in the ankle. The police dog died the following day.

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