Lafayette

Nov 21, 2013 7:46 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Justice for Boz?

The owner of a dog killed after a burglary in Lafayette says justice was not served.

Boz, a labrador, was let out of a truck during a burglary attempt on New Year's Eve. Boz was found days later, but had to be put down because he was injured from fighting with another dog.

Barry Guidry has pled guilty to simple burglary, and was sentenced to five years in jail. However, all of that time has been suspended Guidry will be on probation, and pay about six thousand dollars in restitution.

But Boz's owners say it isn't enough, and are still looking for justice.

"My son was devastated; I mean that was like his child you know he had had that dog since he was a puppy the dog was 10 years old," Davis Arthur said, whose son James Arthur owned Boz. "You know and, I mean it was a very emotional and devastating loss to him," he said.

Arthur and his son James were coming back from a hunting trip when 50-year-old Guidry broke into their truck, and let Boz loose.

Guidry could have faced up to 12 years in jail for pleading guilty to simple burglary, but he won't serve any jail time he was sentenced to.

"Absolutely there's no justice that's going to be served. At all, none," Arthur said.

In a letter, Arthur's son James said, "I have been denied years with what I considered to be a family member. Mr. Guidry should be denied his freedom for at least as long, and the community of Lafayette deserves to be free of this menace to society," he said.

According to court documents, if Guidry defaults on paying back restitution, then his five years supervised probation sentence could be revoked, and he could possibly serve jail time.

"The community of Lafayette was in an uproar about the whole thing. Actually people were in uproar all over the whole country," Davis Arthur said. "There's still the "Justice for Boz" page on the internet, and I guarantee you it's going to get revved up again," he said.

Guidry does have a criminal record in Lafayette Parish. The plea in this case would make it at least his third guilty plea for theft in the past six years.

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