Oct 20, 2016

Court rejects conditional plea for Charles Cole, new jury trial on December 12

Charles Cole was scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon in Courtroom 1. Judge John Feeney rejected the conditional plea.

A petition had been submitted to the DA. The DA's office cited the same codes as probation. Probation recommended that even with dog obedience classes, they were concerned about the possible return of Cole's dog to him which was a part of the conditional plea.

Those penal codes are 597 (g) 1 and 597.9.

About 30 people showed up and all of these people are against Cole ever owning a pet.

Sep 12, 2016

"It was not the first choice of either side"; instead of second jury trial, Charles Cole pleads guilty to animal abuse in one case, simple battery in another case

A second jury trial was scheduled this morning for Charles Cole for his animal cruelty case. Instead he plead guilty to a misdemeanor; animal abuse. In his other case, he plead out to a PC 242; simple battery.

"It was not the first choice of either side," Cole's attorney, Mr. Kaleb Cockrum told me. The resolution is what a juror had suggested after the first trial, said Mr. Cockrum.

Cole will be supervised. Part of the terms of his probation are anger management classes and dog obedience classes. If he complies with the terms of his probation, there will be a "structured release" of his dog, said Mr. Cockrum. There are also terms of probation in place for the protection of Cole's dog.

Sentencing is on October 20.

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