A Missouri man pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a dog named Loco after he was arrested for failing to appear for his trial Monday.
Frank Hickmon, 29, was sitting in the jury box in Will County Judge Carmen Goodman’s courtroom Wednesday after his arrest for failing to show up for his trial. He was wearing a cast on his left forearm.
Instead of going through with the trial, Hickmon decided to plead guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals and possessing a firearm without a Firearm Owner’s Identification card.
Charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, criminal damage to property and cruelty to animals were dropped in exchange for his plea.
Hickmon’s sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 12. The charge of aggravated cruelty to animals is a Class 4 felony that is punishable by one to three years in prison. Possessing a firearm without a FOID card is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
Hickmon’s attorney, Michael Renzi, said he didn’t know why his client failed to appear for his trial.
Goodman allowed for Hickmon’s previous bond to be reinstated, and he was released from jail Wednesday afternoon. He didn’t respond to a call or text message Wednesday.
Police said on June 23, 2018, Hickmon abused and shot a cane corso named Loco multiple times before burying him in its owner’s backyard.
Hickmon claimed he never abused Loco.
He said he believed the dog needed to be killed because it attacked him and others.