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Man sentenced to six years for shooting at neighbor's barking dog

December 9, 2011 |  2:01 pm

A Baldwin Park man was sentenced to six years in state prison for shooting at his neighbor’s barking dog while a little girl was nearby.

The incident occurred on May 25 as a 7-year-old girl was playing outside her home with her dog Smalls, a female terrier mix, said Shiara Davila-Morales, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney. 

Carleton Raye States, a neighbor, began taunting the dog until it started to bark, authorities said. He drew a handgun, prompting the girl to run inside her house. States then fired a round at the dog, causing the animal to scurry after the girl.

He then followed the two inside the house and pointed the gun at the girl, as she sat with the dog in her lap, authorities said. He threatened to shoot the animal, Davila-Morales said.

On Oct. 5, States was convicted of one count each of child abuse, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence and having a concealed firearm.

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