ITHACA, N.Y. — A Newfield man who shot a dog in the head multiple times last September was resentenced Friday after violating his probation multiple times since January.
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Jeffrey Wood — who was originally sentenced to 120 days in jail for shooting a dog twice in the head — will now serve 18 months in the Tompkins County Jail.
“He has shown, your honor, he can’t be on probation. He can’t follow rules. He wants to live his own life with his own rules,” Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski said. “If I could ask for more time I would, but I can’t.” She recommended that the court sentence Wood to two years in jail, the maximum sentence for felony aggravated cruelty to animals.
Wood has violated his five-year probation multiple times since he was released from jail this spring.
He first violated his probation twice in April when he cursed and argued with officers at the Human Services Building — which houses probation and parole offices — after going into a secure area of the facility, according to authorities. During the confrontation with police, Wood told a person on a cell phone that “two (expletive) Ithaca PD pigs out here harassing me,” according to a probation report.
Judge Joseph Cassidy said the incident violated a special section of Wood’s probation that requires him to avoid “injurious or vicious habits.” Wood tested positive for alcohol two days later, another violation of his probation.
When Wood appeared in court June 10 to address those violations, Cassidy warned Wood that he had to make treatment for alcohol abuse a priority or further violations could land him in jail.
On July 8, Wood was charged with driving while intoxicated, seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and refusing to take a breath test in Freeville. He’s also accused of using racial slurs and threatening to punch and kill police officers at the scene where he appeared intoxicated.
“The people have made Jeff public enemy No. 1,” attorney Seth Peacock said. “This is not a diabolic man the people would have you believe.”
He said Wood was an outstanding member of the community before being convicted of shooting the dog — a supervisor at his job, a homeowner, an officer in his union and a military veteran.
Wood’s last and only criminal conviction was for driving while ability impaired 16 years ago.
Peacock recommended that Wood be sentenced to nine months in jail.
Cassidy said that previous sentencing took into account Wood’s standing in the community, lack of criminal history and veteran status, but that the man has not heeded warnings issued by the court in the past about possible jail time.
The judge also said Wood’s admitted alcohol abuse and the treatment he sought for it was previously considered.
Cassidy said Wood’s behavior since the shooting has not shown that the man is willing to live a law abiding life.
“It has caused me to worry about your reentrance into the community after your jail sentence,” he said.
Wood will serve about another year in jail because the sentence included time he’s already served.
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