The Brooksville, FL woman found guilty last month of killing Dexter and Drake was sentenced today and, despite her request for probation, was taken off to jail.
Dexter kitten gained worldwide support as he tried to recover from a brutal beating last year. After months of status check hearings and delays, on June 12 of this year his accused attacker was found guilty of the abominable crime that led to his eventual death. Wilana Frazier was found guilty of using a metal bat to brutalize the two kittens and of encouraging one of her young boys to join her. She was charged with 2 counts of animal cruelty and 2 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Though she was charged with egging two of her boys on to beat the kittens, she was only found guilty on one of those counts.
We reported on the guilty verdict that evening, drawing from news sources and the observations of an advocate for Dexter who attended each and every court session throughout the case. That story, Jury Finds Wilana Frazier Guilty in Dexter Kitten Case , left off with the understanding that sentencing would come either today or tomorrow, and that Wilana Frazier, who had previously turned down a plea deal that would have gotten her a year, could get as much as 12 years behind bars.
Today Wilana Frazier heard her sentence. She did not get anywhere near the maximum 12 years, but was instead sent to jail for 1 year. The year spent incarcerated will be followed by five years of probation, plus 100 hours of community service and a lifetime ban on owning a pet or living with someone who has a pet. Hernando County Circuit Judge Daniel B. Merritt Jr. called the crime abhorrent and drove home his point about the ban on animal ownership by saying Frazier would not even be allowed to have a pet rock. The court suggested that many of the community service hours be served cleaning out cages at an animal shelter but did not mandate it, saying it was dependent on whether a shelter would have her.
In her plea for leniency, he 25 year old mother of four, who has another child on the way, said she just wanted to go home to her family and raise her children. “I would ask for you to give me another chance, please,” she said. “I just want to go back home to my family and my kids and raise them the right way.” Though Frazier asked for another chance in her remarks, she has firmly denied having any involvement in the brutal attacks.
Those who have followed the case, or who came to love little Dexter kitten as he tried to recover from the attack, will recall that the incident occurred in broad daylight on June 10, 2011 at the Hill ‘n Dale park in Brooksville, FL, as children played.
One of the two brutalized kittens, posthumously named Drake, died at the scene. The other kitten, Dexter, was rescued by some children after he was horribly brutalized, and he was taken to PetLuv Spay and Neuter Clinic, which assumed responsibility for his care. Dexter became known worldwide, as supporters followed his progress toward healing and his sweet personality showed through. Sadly, not long after he was officially adopted by the vet tech who cared for him, Dexter has to be released from his suffering as he was gripped by seizures caused by head trauma.
Three children who testified at the trial as eyewitnesses are credited with convincing the jury of Frazier’s guilt. While their identities are being protected by the court, it is not unlikely that they are the same children who rescued little Dexter on the day of the attacks.
For more coverage of Dexter’s story and the legal proceedings against Wilana Frazier, from the beginning, click HERE.