Man gets life behind bars in slaying over missing dog

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life behind bars in the slaying of a 21-year-old man in Columbus last year that authorities say stemmed from a missing dog.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) 19-year-old Gino Griggs pleaded guilty Monday to murder in the death of Ja’Quan Tucker. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.

Prosecutors say the July 2015 shooting stemmed from an incident months earlier. Authorities say puppies had been sold for $50 but the last of them came up missing and Tucker was suspected of stealing it.

Investigators say Griggs jumped into a car that Tucker was in and an altercation led to gunfire that killed Tucker.

Defense attorney Christopher Cooper apologized to the victim’s family on behalf of Griggs.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,