A Florida man who gunned down a police K-9 while being chased for carjacking two women was sentenced this week to 25 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Jhamal Malik Paskel, 19, was sentenced Wednesday to the long state prison term, followed by 10 years of probation for killing a brave Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K-9 named Fang in September 2018, according to the State Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said Paskel, who pleaded guilty in December, carjacked two women at a gas station and then made one of them drive as he held her at gunpoint.
Paskel led cops on a chase that reached speeds up to 120 mph before deputies disabled the vehicle using its OnStar system to remotely shut off its engine, the Florida Times-Union reported.
Paskel, then 17, ran off into a wooded area near Interstate 10 and fatally shot 3-year-old Fang as the dog pursued him, prosecutors said.
The teen was caught in the woods and he was later charged as an adult, the Times-Union reported.
In addition to killing the police dog, Paskel also pleaded guilty to charges of armed robbery, kidnapping with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent and aggravated fleeing.
“After committing a violent carjacking, Paskel shot K-9 Fang — a crime that forever changed K-9 Officer [Matt] Herrera and impacted our community,” State Attorney Melissa Nelson said in a statement. “His senseless killing underscores the dangers law enforcement face every day and it sparked changes in state law. This outcome finally achieves justice to Fang’s memory.”
Herrera — who attended a training seminar earlier this week with his new K-9, Ghost – said Fang saved his life during the heated pursuit for Paskel.
“Fang gave me that opportunity to go home to my family and my children that night,” Herrera told the Times-Union.
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