Man sentenced, assaulted girlfriend with puppy as weapon

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A man will spend six months in jail after pleading guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, WXMI reported.

The assault weapon, according to police, was a 2-week-old puppy.  The puppy was killed during the assault, last November.

Timothy Tucker  was sentenced to 68 days, on Tuesday, as credit for time he already served, WXMI reported.

Tucker has several previous charges which include:

  • 1997 Domestic violence
  • 2001 Domestic violence
  • 2004 Domestic violence
  • 2006 Fleeing from police
  • 2008 Writing fake checks
  • 2013 Domestic Violence
  • Most recent charge last November

The Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office said, Tucker, after being released from jail, will be put in the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program as a habitual offender, which is a more strict probation.

“What I would call an enhanced probation program. It requires that there be more frequent contacts, more intense supervision of the person that’s on probation,” said Prosecutor Jeff Getting.

As a part of the deal for Tucker to plead guilty to felony assault, the charge for killing the puppy was dropped, according to WXMI.