SoCal Man Gets 8 Years For Pit Bull Attack During Theft

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to
eight years in prison for having his pit bull maul a man who tried to recover a stolen bicycle.

Fermin Monterroso blinked away tears Friday in a Rancho Cucamonga courtroom after pleading guilty to robbery and agreeing to give up his dog, Trouble. The pit bull will be destroyed.

Prosecutors said Monterroso, 19, and a friend stole a bicycle from a man in Ontario last July. The man went home and told his roommate, Jeffrey Cross, who confronted the thieves a couple of blocks away.

Police said Monterroso unleashed Trouble and told the dog to sic Cross. The dog tore the man's arm and the gash took 33 stitches to close.

Monterroso's friend pleaded guilty to robbery last month and got a 2-year prison sentence.

Information from: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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