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Plea deal reached in fatal pit bull attack

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Updated: 3/28/2012 10:01 pm
HAWTHORNE, Fla. -- The woman who owned two pit bulls that mauled a man to death is going to jail.

74-year old Roy McSweeney died last June when two pit bulls attacked and mauled him in his own front yard. The dogs were owned by his neighbor, Deanna Blitch.

At a hearing Wednesday before Circuit Judge A.W. Nichols III, 51-year-old Deanna Blitch entered a plea of guilty to the charges of Resisting an Officer Without Violence, a first degree misdemeanor; False Information to Law Enforcement, a first degree misdemeanor; Attack by a Dangerous Dog, a second degree misdemeanor; and Attack by a Dangerous Dog, a second degree misdemeanor.

Blitch negotiated a plea agreement and was sentenced to 90 days in the Putnam County Jail to be served as 45 long weekends from Saturday until Monday.  The defendant will begin her jail sentence starting on April 7, 2012.

Blitch is prohibited from possessing or acquiring any new dogs or having them on her property. She was also ordered to complete 150 hours of community service, pay $4,000 to the victim's family toward the cost of Mr. McSweeney's tombstone costs, $250 for the cost of investigation to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, $500 for the cost of prosecution to the State Attorney's Office, and she must write a letter of apology to the investigating law enforcement officers.

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graveyardbride - 3/29/2012 10:39 AM
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I suppose her son, Bradley Blitch, who is just as guilty as his mother, did not plead. The pit bulls ripped off one of the man's arms, almost ripped off the other arm and one of them chomped down on the back of his skull causing such a horrific injury that part of his brain was hanging out. Deanna and Bradley Blitch's reaction was to hide the bloody dogs in the house and tell sheriff's officers they had been shot and thrown into a swamp. What they intended to do was wait until dark and slip the dogs off the property to another location. Even more unbelievable, Bradley Blitch is actually employed by the Dept. of Corrections as a prison guard and the last I heard, he still hasn't been fired. Just what we need: Criminals guarding criminals!

busch jr - 3/29/2012 7:25 AM
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cetude - 3/29/2012 5:46 AM
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Incredible-in my opinion this woman got away with murder--I can't imagine the horrific agony the poor man endured having his arm literally ripped off the socket by these monster dogs-it's like a scene from the movie HOSTEL but in real life. I find it amazing everybody cares about these vicious dogs more than people. Our country has gone to the pit bulls. They need to send them all off to China where they make hamburger out of them.

cetude - 3/29/2012 5:44 AM
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Wow! She got away-literally-with murder. Death by having your arm ripped off by pitties is far worst than being killed as depicted in that snuff movie Hostel. That's almost like legal murder in my opinion.

nativejax - 3/28/2012 10:20 PM
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She got off easy.
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