Teen Shoots Dog During Burglary, Gets 23 Years
Ivins Rosier was sentenced as an adult
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2014 4:57 PM CDT
Ivins Rosier.   (Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – It's no small prison term: An 18-year-old boy was sentenced Friday to 23 years for a burglary in 2012 during which he shot a retired police dog, the Sun-Sentinel reports. At age 16, Ivins Rosier confessed to breaking into the home of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Boody in West Palm Beach and shooting the 5-year-old German Shepherd, the newspaper noted in May. Rosier's attorney argued that a detective "hustled" the boy during interrogation by equating the dog's death to the "murder of a law enforcement officer" (which wasn't legally true). Rosier's attorney also wanted his client sentenced as a juvenile with a maximum sentence of 6 years, CBS 12 reports.

"I believe this to be sadistic to do this to a child," said Rosier's attorney, who plans to appeal. He conceded that Rosier's crimes were serious, "but when you look at the range of punishments available, that's why they call it juvenile." Ultimately, Rosier's sentence resulted from convictions on three felony counts: cruelty to animals with a firearm, burglary of a dwelling with a firearm, and shooting into a building. "A gun in a 16-year-old's hand can do equally the damage as a gun in an adult's hand," said the prosecuting attorney. "He's not a child." The trooper, Boody, cried when testifying about how he came home to find his dog crippled by gunshot wounds. (In Utah, a 16-year-old boy faces as many as 15 years in prison for taking part in a robbery with friends.)

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Jul 28, 2014 8:14 PM CDT
The empathy lies not with just a kid. But rather his attitude that he was ok to break into a home and do what ever.What is his schooling record did he grow up in the streets.what are his family ties, what are their attitudes for his future.? this is a common thing to see from the lack of guidance. This is apparently his first major attempt to fit in with the street people.Sooooo don't just laugh it off.Give him some real Jail house schooling.If he is just placed with the general population he will get worse. then it will be betier to give the full sentence. Try to save him from himself.
Thomas Haskell
Jul 22, 2014 12:56 PM CDT
This boy needs punishment but he was just a kid, kids make mistakes.. and lets face it, it was a dog who was old and happy. I'm sure the dog will forgive if that is what you are worried about. Meanwhile this man is realizing what a mistake he made, and possibly (hopefully) how he may benefit society now. Let the law work. It does help some people, especially those in this position right here... We just have to show a little compassion, even when we are at our gravest moments. Be more understanding people. Even though you would never commit a crime, think about the position that some children are in that might make them think otherwise. These people are human beings too.
Justin Sage
Jul 21, 2014 12:12 AM CDT
Police shoot innocent dogs every day, but nothing happens to them. Sure this guy is terrible, but look at the bigger picture. He's going to prison for what cops do.