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Leeds couple sentenced for dog attack that killed neighbor

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L-R: Jerry Lenton and Jacqueline Lenton. Source: Leeds Police Department L-R: Jerry Lenton and Jacqueline Lenton. Source: Leeds Police Department
The fatal dog attack happened at a home on Weaver Avenue in Leeds. Source: WBRC video The fatal dog attack happened at a home on Weaver Avenue in Leeds. Source: WBRC video
LEEDS, AL (WBRC) -

A Leeds couple has been sentenced after two of their 35 Rottweilers attacked and killed their elderly neighbor in September 2012.

Jerry and Jacqueline Lenton were both charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the death of Donald Thomas, 83. Thomas was checking the mail at his home on Weaver Avenue when two of the Lentons' Rottweiler dogs attacked and killed him.

Jacqueline Lenton was sentenced Wednesday for criminally negligent homicide, a misdemeanor, but the charge of manslaughter was dropped in her case. She received a 12 month suspended sentence and two years of unsupervised probation.

Jerry Lenton was sentenced for both criminally negligent homicide and a Class B felony charge of manslaughter. He received a 10 year split sentence and will be required to serve one year and one day in jail. He also has five years of probation after his split sentence is up. Lenton will be required to report to prison on May 12.

As part of their plea agreement, the Lentons are ordered not to have any contact with the victim's family and not own any pets.

The two dogs that attacked Thomas were killed by police at the scene. All of the other Rottweilers were taken from the home and five more of the animals were euthanized. The remaining 28 dogs were adopted or sent to a Rottweiler center in New York.

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