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Judge reverses course, suspect gets five years in Justice the dog case

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The judge in the Justice the dog animal cruelty case abruptly reversed his decision on a plea deal on Friday, reinstating a five-year sentence for the main suspect.

On Tuesday, the judge ruled the lighter fluid used was not a deadly weapon and the maximum sentence Darius Ewing could get was two years. Ewing had agreed to a five year sentence going into court, but the judge threw out the agreement.

Friday morning the judge reversed his decision and reinstated the original plea agreement that will put Ewing in jail for five years.

Justice, a lab terrier, suffered third degree burns over 70 percent of his body and died a few days after being set on fire in April 2012.

FOX4 obtained surveillance video from a nearby Pleasant Grove apartment complex shows four men walking at night. The dog was set on fire just outside the camera's view.

Video does show the animal engulfed in flames, then collapse.

Another suspect in the case, Richard Valentine, got 15 months in jail on Tuesday after pleading guilty to an animal cruelty charge.

Darius Carey and Adrian Ayers have already pleaded guilty to the same charge. Ayers is serving a two-year sentence.

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