NEWFIELD, N.Y. — Officials are considering what the punishment should be for a man who has violated his probation multiple times after being convicted of shooting a dog in the head.
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Jeffrey M. Wood, 40, of Meadowbrook Lane, was convicted of aggravated animal cruelty after he shot a 2-year-old German Shepherd in the head last September. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail and five years of probation, which he’s violated at least two times.
At a court appearance Monday morning, Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski said, “This is frightening. I don’t know how many more chances we can give this man. I asked for two years (in jail) from the very beginning.”
Wood first violated his probation twice in April when he cursed and argued with officers at the Human Services Coalition building 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 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.
Wood’s attorney Seth Peacock said, “He did have some exchanges which raised worries, but he has not been causing fights or mass chaos everywhere he goes.”
Cassidy said he would consider alternatives to a prison sentence because Wood is an honorably discharged veteran whose run in with the law appears to only happen when he’s been drinking alcohol. Wood also does not have an extensive criminal history.
Cassidy said he’ll meet with attorneys before the next court appearance to discuss alternate sentences, such as long-term inpatient treatment and residency in a half-way house.
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