Animal cruelty charge reduced

Animal cruelty  charge reducedBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

After pleading no contest to one charge of animal cruelty earlier this month, 18-year-old Ridgecrest resident Jesse Ramon Jr. was sentenced to 24 days in jail, $365 in fees and fines and three years probation.

Before his Aug. 28 hearing, Ramon’s court records reflected a felony charge for animal cruelty, but the offense has since been reduced to a misdemeanor.

Ramon reportedly turned himself in after surveillance video surfaced online showing what appeared to be Ramon suspending a dog in the air by its collar and repeatedly striking it with an object.

The News Review contacted the District Attorney’s office to ask why the initial charge was reduced, but DA representatives were not available for comment at press time.

Story First Published: 2018-08-31