Timothy TuckerKALAMAZOO, MI – Back in November, 53-year-old Timothy Tucker was accused of punching his girlfriend in the face, then took the couple’s puppy and repeatedly struck her with the animal until it died.

According to court documents, the assault left the woman with a “severely swollen eye” and covered in the puppy’s fecal matter.

In December, Tucker pleaded guilty to one count of third-offense domestic violence as a second-time habitual offender. He also reached a plea deal that dismissed one count of killing/torturing animals, ensuring Tucker was able to avoid being convicted as a fourth-time habitual offender.

When Tucker was in court on Tuesday for sentencing, Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Mike Reisterer argued Tucker be sent to prison, citing Tucker having prior convictions for third-offense domestic violence in 2005, fleeing police in 2006 and writing counterfeit checks in 2008.

“This is one of the few cases that turns my stomach,” Reisterer said in court. “To take a two-week-old puppy and bludgeon his significant other to the point that she requires hospitalization and the puppy is dead is incomprehensible.”

Even though Circuit Judge Alexander C. Lipsey noted Tucker was also convicted of second-offense domestic violence in 1999, 2001 and 2013 and illegal entry and malicious destruction of property in 2010, he sentenced Tucker to six months in jail with credit for 68 days served. He also placed him on four years probation and entry into the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program.

“The court looked fairly extensively at the history in this particular matter and it does appear the defendant has potential anger issues,” Lipsey said. “There is a point at which the system can help but help is the operative word. The initiative has to come from the defendant, he has to be able to figure out if he’s willing to accept help and act on it.”

Thank God for Judge Lipsey. With his help, we can keep prisons free of men who beat women with puppies and keep ’em stuffed to the gills with non-violent drug offenders. Hallelujah.

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