A Racine man has been sentenced to 5½ years in prison in the killing of a beagle puppy over what prosecutors said was an unpaid debt.
Curtis J. Gossett was accused of stomping the puppy to death in 2012. Police said it was owned by a woman who owed Gossett $13 she had borrowed for gas money.
The 25-year-old Gossett denied stomping the puppy to death, accusing his father of hitting the dog with a 2-by-4. Racine County Circuit Judge Michael Piontek handed down the maximum sentence on Friday.