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While he awaits trial, Rosenberg is released on his own recognizance (ROR) because he has repeatedly appeared in court and is not expected to flee. However, the state did impose a condition that Mr. Rosenberg have no interaction in any way with any dogs, including his own.
Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Doris Galuchie said, “the dogs are currently with someone in Massachusetts, and I also want to make clear that Mr. Rosenberg cannot visit the dogs. I’ve also heard, and I have no proof of this, that the dogs may be brought here on occasion for him to visit with, but given the fact that the dogs are the victims, so to speak, in the indictment, he should not have any contact with them.”
The first indictment charges Rosenberg with a third-degree crime and the second indictment charges him with two counts of fourth-degree animal cruelty. A fourth-degree crime which carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. While he was initially expected to plead not guilty, the state has offered Rosenberg a plea deal, a five-year sentence for the animal cruelty charges.
If found guilty of the animal cruelty charges, Rosenberg will first have to serve a 4-year sentence that he received in 2011 on child endangerment charges for engaging in sexual activity with a juvenile, Galuchie told NJ.com. This would run consecutive to the five-year sentence the prosecution is suggesting for the current charges, bring the total number of years he could serve in prison to nine. He would, however, be eligible for early release.
We want to know… why wasn’t Rosenberg already in jail, serving his 4-year sentence in the child endangerment case? Clearly the justice system failed in this case, and a defenseless dog is dead as a result.
Rest in peace, Shyanne.
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