Man sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to raping and killing boy's therapy dog

KCPQ -- James Leroy Evans was sentenced to 12 months in jail by a Thurston County judge on Friday, after pleading guilty to torturing and killing a 3-year-old dog named 'Diamond.'

Investigators say Evans told them he killed Diamond because she killed his iguana.

Diamond worked as an emotional support service dog for an 8-year-old boy. She had been temporarily staying with Evans, who was a relative of the dog's owner. He offered to watch her while the owner found permanent housing that allowed dogs.

"What I know from family members is that he's got an explosive personality. He's got some real anger issues," said Thurston County animal control officer Erika Johnson, who originally named the dog 'Justice' after she was found by a mountain biker hanging from a tree branch in the Summit Lake area of Thurston County on March 22.

Veterinary necropsy showed that the dog had been aggressively sexually assaulted before being hanged. The dog died of asphyxiation.

Evans is a felon from Grays Harbor County whose criminal history includes domestic violence, burglary and controlled substance charges.

He was identified thanks to tips from Washington's Most Wanted viewers.

Pasado's Safe Haven and Thurston County Animal Services are working on plans for a public memorial for Diamond.

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