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March 6, 2021
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Fatal Dog Attacks
(wgvu) - HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - A Livingston County woman whose bulldogs
fatally mauled two people has pleaded no contest to three charges.
Fifty-two-year-old Diane Cockrell of Iosco Township entered her
plea Wednesday to two felony counts of keeping dangerous animals
causing death and a misdemeanor count of allowing her dogs to
stray. The plea isn't an admission of guilt but it will be treated
as such for sentencing.
The prosecutor's office agreed to recommend a prison sentence of
between 3 years and 7 months and 15 years. Each felony count
carries a maximum of 15 years.
Cockrell's sentencing in circuit court will be Sept. 18.
Authorities say Cockrell's four bulldogs attacked 91-year-old
Edward Gierlach in his driveway and 56-year-old Cheryl Harper
nearby last September.
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