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Man jailed in shooting of hunting beagles

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The following photo of John Lake was provided by the Suffield Police Department. The following photo of John Lake was provided by the Suffield Police Department.
ENFIELD, CT (AP) -

An Enfield man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail in the deaths of 3 hunting beagles that were shot and killed by his son.

John Lake was not with his 13-year-old son when the boy shot the beagles in November, but he said in court that he removed their collars and threw their bodies into a ravine after they were killed. He had told police the dogs had interfered with previous deer hunts.

The Journal Inquirer reports that Lake was sentenced Tuesday to a 1-year prison term, suspended after 30 days, and three years of probation.

The 52-year-old Lake faced charges including cruelty to animals by complicity and illegal hunting by a minor, but he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of accessory to cruelty to animals in a deal with prosecutors.

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