Man sentenced to 21 years in prison for shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker

the man who Lady Gaga’s dog walker shot and injured He took a plea deal when he stole his French bulldog last year and was sentenced Monday to 21 years in prison, authorities said.

The Lady Gaga connection was a coincidence, officials have said. The motive was the value of French bulldogs, a breed that can run for thousands of dollars, and detectives do not believe the thieves knew the dog belonged to the musician.

James Howard Jackson, one of the three men and two accomplices who involved in a violent robbery and then pleaded no contest to one count of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. It was not immediately clear which attorney represented Howard on Monday.

The pop star’s dog walker was Ryan Fisher seriously injured in attack And addressed the court on Monday to make the impact statement, which he posted on Instagram.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since I took Asia, Cozy and Gustav out for their evening walk when – in an instant – I suddenly found myself fighting everything I wanted to do with those dogs. was to be saved from being stolen. But that was ‘enough: I was beaten, strangled, shot and bleeding on a pavement and left gasping for my life. And Cozy and Gustav went Went. “

Prosecutors previously said that Jackson and two other men “searched for the French Bulldog” on February 24, 2021, around Hollywood, the city of West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. They found Fischer with three of the pop star’s pets.

Jackson shot Fischer during a robbery off the famous Sunset Boulevard, during which two dogs were taken. A nearby doorbell camera recorded the dog walker yelling “Oh my God! I’ve been shot!” and “Help me!” and “My chest is bleeding!”

Fischer later called the violence a “very close call with death” in a social media post. In his statement on Monday, he said that he is still recovering physically and mentally from the shoot. A portion of his lung had to be removed and he is still undergoing physiotherapy.

Site where Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot and two dogs were stolen in Los Angeles
A view of the site where Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her dogs were stolen in Los Angeles, California, US February 25, 2021.

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Fischer also addressed Jackson directly in the statement, saying he forgave her and the others involved in the attack. “You have completely changed my life, and I know that I can never fully move on from the night you shot me until I say these words to you.”

The stolen dogs were returned several days later by Jennifer McBride, who was also charged with the crime.

The pop star had offered a $500,000 reward – “no questions asked” – to be reunited with the dogs at the time.

The DA’s office said Monday that Jackson also pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and first strike. The prosecutor’s office did not immediately say what the previous strike was.

“The plea agreement holds Mr. Jackson accountable for committing a brutal violent act and provides justice for our victims,” ​​the office said in a statement. Howard was charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and assault with a semiautomatic firearm.

Jackson was mistakenly released from prison earlier this year due to a clerical error. it was recapture About five months later.

Another accomplice, Harold White, pleaded no contest Monday to a count of ex-felon possession of a gun. White, who was in a relationship with McBride at the time, will be sentenced next year. McBride’s case is ongoing.

The couple reportedly tried to help White’s son, Jaylin White, avoid arrest after the shooting.

Jaylin White and Lafayette Whaley pleaded no contest to robbery earlier this year.

Whaley fired Jackson and the younger White around last year because they were searching for expensive dogs. Prosecutors had previously said that Jackson and White jumped outside and attacked Fischer. They hit and strangled Dog Walker, and Jackson pulled out a semi-automatic gun and fired, hitting Fischer once before the trio fled.

Representatives for Lady Gaga did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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