LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 19-year-old Lufkin man who had been on a pre-trial diversion for shooting three dogs because his mother wouldn't give him $20 accepted a plea bargain deal of seven years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for evading arrest with a vehicle.
Colton David Cook appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court for a pre-trial hearing Tuesday. As part of the plea bargain deal, he pleaded guilty to a felony evading arrest with a vehicle charge.
Cook had already been on a pre-trial diversion in connection to a March 2015 incident in which he used a 7 mm rifle to shoot three pit bull dogs. Two of the dogs were killed outright, and because the other dog was wounded and suffering, it was put down.
As part of the plea bargain deal, Cook also agreed to a sentence of 20 months in prison for each of the Class A misdemeanor cruelty to non-livestock animal charges. He will serve the 20-month terms concurrently, or at the same time, with the seven-year prison sentence.
Cook was arrested on he evading arrest with a vehicle charge on Feb. 22, 2017. At the time, he was also charged with numerous misdemeanor charges, including displaying expired license plates, failure to stop at a stop sign, no driver's license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving at an unsafe speed.
According to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office report, the incident happened in the 11000 block of 103 East on March 23, 2015.
Cook got upset because his mother wouldn't give him $20. He then went outside and used a 7 mm rifle to shoot the ground and at three the three pit bulls, the ACSO report stated.
The ACSO deputies took the gun and arrested Cook for cruelty to animals.
Two of the dogs were his, and the other belonged to his parents, according to the report.