Judge sentences Suchecki to 60 days in animal cruelty case | SummitDaily.com

Judge sentences Suchecki to 60 days in animal cruelty case

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

BRECKENRIDGE – Judge David Lass sentenced Nathan Suchecki to 60 days in jail and five years probation on Wednesday, more than a month after Suchecki was found guilty of reckless animal cruelty against his former boxer, Roscoe.Lass also handed Suchecki fines totaling $668 and mandated the Silverthorne resident attend a 12-week anger management group treatment, with individual sessions on his interaction with animals. Of the 60-day sentence, Lass said Suchecki must serve 10 days consecutively and the rest on work release.However, Lass also granted a stay on the sentence until the 90-day appeal period is over. If the judgment is not appealed, Suchecki would have 10 days before serving his sentence.”I cared for my dog more than I cared for myself,” said an emotional Suchecki at the sentencing. “I just want to get on with my life and continue to be the good citizen I think I’ve been since I’ve left home (in Michigan).”A restitution hearing will be held at the beginning of May.While the prosecution said they were satisfied with the judgment, defense attorney Todd Barson said they were surprised that Lass gave Suchecki jail time.On Feb. 11, a 12-person jury found Suchecki guilty of reckless animal cruelty. Suchecki was charged with felony aggravated assault on an animal after Roscoe was taken from his care last April with nearly 30 broken bones in his ribs and face.Roscoe also had some disfigurement on his mouth and was significantly underweight for a 5-month-old puppy.The defense’s main arguments were that Roscoe may have had a nutritional disorder and a metabolic bone disorder.But, deputy district attorney Arly Miner painted Suchecki as a “cold and calculated” animal torturer.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at nformosa@summitdaily.com.

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