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Man sentenced for mutilating rancher's dogs

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The man who slit the throats of his former employee's two dogs will get jail time.

William Skylar Leak accepted a plea bargain agreement Monday. He pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty in exchange for five years in prison.

Jacob Dyer said Leak was the caretaker at his Fort Worth ranch in 2012. But he fired him in July and evicted him from a mobile home on the property a few months later.

A day after he was ordered to be out, Dyer said Leak mutilated his two border collies, which were work dogs. He left a note at the gruesome scene.

"He put my personal address on the paper and said the same way he described killing those dogs, he said he was going to do the same thing to my family," Dyer said. "He described himself as a psychopath, a sociopath. He described the whole scene of doing this as being beautiful."

Animal cruelty is normally only a state felony punishable by up to two years in prison. But in this case the judge asked a grand jury to include a deadly weapon notice, increasing the possible penalty to 10 years.

Leak will be eligible for parole in two and a half years.

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