Justice For Marcus Luttrell And DASY: Two Guilty In Death Of War Hero’s Dog

December 2nd, 2011 (11) Posted By Angelia Phillips.

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Two men will be sentenced in February for killing former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s service dog.

One entered a guilty plea to the charges this week, and a second was found guilty yesterday by a jury in Walker County, Texas, according to the Huntsville Item.

Luttrell took the stand Thursday, with his new service dog, Rigby, at his side. He testified he was so angry the night his dog, DASY, was killed by gunfire from a passing car that, while chasing the car down, he pulled his pistol.

“I wanted to take a shot at the driver, but I figured if I missed and shot out the back window, I would not be able to catch them,” Luttrell said.

DASY — an acronym for Luttrell’s fellow Navy SEALs that were slain in the line of duty — was shot on April 1, 2009. A Labrador retriever, she was given to him by friends to help him cope with emotional and physical injuries sustained in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Luttrell was the lone survivor of a 2005 mission in which his SEAL team was pinned down in a firefight with Taliban forces in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006.

He testified in court Tursday that he let DASY out and was watching television when he heard a gunshot and, grabbing his gun, went to see what had happened.

“I saw my dog in a ditch and two men standing outside the car. I could hear them laughing,” said Luttrell who would go on to chase the car through Walker, San Jacinto and Polk counties before a patrol officer with the Onalaska Police Department pulled it over.

According to testimony in the case, one occupant of the car, after the dog was shot, got out and kicked and beat the animal with a bat.

“(Alfonso Hernandez) got out and kicked and beat that dog and thought it was funny. They thought it was just another dog,” Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Stroud during closing arguments. “To Marcus Luttrell it was so much more. It was a symbol he carried around for what happened to him. He was reminded of the people it was named after. To Marcus Luttrell that was just not another dog.”

Alfonso Hernandez was found guilty of cruelty to non-livestock animals, which carries a sentence of up to two years in a state facility and a $10,000 fine.

Two days earlier, Michael Edmonds pleaded guilty to the same charge and admitted he was the one who fired the shot that killed DASY.

Sentencing is expected to take place in February.

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    • http://twitter.com/TheDameTruth Dame Truth

      Two years?  TWO YEARS??? That’s all these demented individuals get for killing a service dog???  Two consecutive life terms without parole would be more appropriate.

    • http://twitter.com/TheDameTruth Dame Truth

      Two years?  TWO YEARS??? That’s all these demented individuals get for killing a service dog???  Two consecutive life terms without parole would be more appropriate.

    • Just a girl.

      I’ll probably get a lot of shit for this….but, I think they should be shot. I honestly do.

      I don’t think these two fuckers realized how easy it would have been for a Navy Seal to have smoked their asses and disposed of them leaving no evidence behind.

    • Anonymous

        I would imagine the word will be passed in the correctional facility. I also would tend to believe the reaction will not be pleasing for these offenders. Two years could easily become Life

    • http://patdollard.com USMC3112

      This story stll makes my stomach churn. Waterboard their asses, shoot both of these scumbags, and then beat their asses up with a baseball bat, then send there asses to jail, and let em ROT!

    • The Shadow

      Why on earth would one shoot this dog. Why? So you get into your car and go passed a nice golden lab and say ‘I want to shoot that dog”.  

      I hate so many people in this country now I can’t even count the amount anymore. There are so few left to like anymore.

    • Baroness W

      Two yrs and a fine? No- they need to be shot, beaten with a bat and kicked, tossed in a ditch then photo/video pix to circulate as warning. This nation understands the value of animal buddies. Am I wrong?

    • Just a girl.

      You are not wrong, BW….and I agree completely.

    • Lynnpd

      Many of ypo will think this is wrong but someone shoots MY dog and Im not gonna hesitate to smoke em!!

    • Lynnpd

      Many of ypo will think this is wrong but someone shoots MY dog and Im not gonna hesitate to smoke em!!

    • Anonymous

      Send the bastards to Afghanistan, untrained, just as they are. Let them walk point on patrols, unarmed, in the clothes in which they stand … Chance of survival: 0%