George KerrIn October of 2007, George Kerr, angry and upset over an impending divorce, took matters of vengeance into his own hands when he slit the throat of his soon-to-be ex-wife’s dog and buried the body in the back yard.

Guess the viciousness and cruelty of the unprovoked crime on an innocent and defenseless dog didn’t make much of an impression on State Superior Court by Judge Roger F. Mahon. On Friday Mahon sentenced Kerr to two years probation, 30 days community service and seven days in Hunterdon County Jail. Wow, that’s tough!

Kerr’s attorney cited lack of criminal history, the anomaly of the crime, the circumstance of the crime and a “low risk of anti-social behavior” from Kerr in the future and I guess the Judge was feeling mellow and basically let him off. Annie, the dog he killed was viciously killed and her killer walked!

Kerr was initially accepted into a Pre-Trail Intervention program, but the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office reversed the decision, citing objections from law enforcement officials and the Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Mading called the reversal an abuse that showed “a clear error in judgment,” but Mahon ruled that the decision should stand.

Kerr, a former custodian at Hunterdon Central Regional High School now working at an unnamed truck stop, was apparently distraught over his pending divorce when he admittedly slit the throat of his wife’s dog and buried the animal in a shallow grave behind his Holland Township home, according to court documents and testimony.

Court papers describe the dog, named Annie, as a bully-breed mix, an animal characteristic of a pit bull and its close relatives. Kerr’s wife, Laura, initially told authorities that upon her return from work the afternoon of Oct. 10, 2007, she saw her husband kneeling in the backyard — an unusual sight because his schedule as a custodian normally kept him out of the house until 11 p.m.

Laura Kerr also said she grew suspicious when Annie did not greet her when she walked into the home, according to court documents. The family’s other canine remained in the home unharmed, police have said.

Feeling uncomfortable, Laura Kerr dashed out of her home within minutes, authorities have said. Later, Laura Kerr contacted local police, who escorted her back to the home that night. When she arrived, her husband said “he took care of her,” in reference to Annie, according to a police affidavit. (Central Jersey)

Guess we should be thankful that at least he will have a record and was turned down for the Pre-Trail Intervention program but I’m not! Damnit, he should have paid for what he did and his sentence is no payment. Justice is yet again not served!!

Maybe we should let the Judge know what we think of the sentence he handed down! Our judicial system need to take crime seriously and stop handing out ‘slap om the wrist’ sentences!

Contact Info
Judge Roger F. Mahon
Hunterdon County Superior Court
65 Park Avenue
Flemington, NJ 08822

Law Clerk – Jacqueline Farrell

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