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Woman guilty in Plainfield dog mauling case

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Dogs belonging to Jenna Allen and Corey Beakey may have to be put down following an attack in Plainfield. Dogs belonging to Jenna Allen and Corey Beakey may have to be put down following an attack in Plainfield.

A Plainfield woman is guilty on all counts after her two dogs seriously mauled a home health aide.

Jenna Allen faces up to a year in prison after a verdict came back on Monday.

She was guilty on all 9 counts, including reckless endangerment, possession of a vicious dog and failure to comply with dog ownership requirements.

Her ex-boyfriend, Corey Beakey, faces similar charges. He's due in court for pre-trial proceedings on June 13.

The attack happened in December of 2014, more than two years ago, where the victim was caring for Allen's grandmother.

Police say the victim, Lynne Denning, was sitting in a room with Allen's grandmother when four of the five dogs, each weighing about 100 pounds, mauled her.

She described during the four-day trial she heard a crushing sound and felt the flesh come off her face, and as she buried her head in the rug, she saw a large clump of hair on the rug.

The dogs bit her in the face and chest, leaving her disfigured and in need of several extensive surgeries. She has gone through nearly 20 surgeries and since the attack she has lost full function in both hands.

While prosecutors argue Allen was negligent for never warning Denning of her dogs' violent tendencies, her lawyer said she took many safety precautions, including putting up pens on the property and having several muzzles on hand.

In a statement, Dennings’ Attorney Jack Collins says “Lynne wants to express her appreciation to the hardworking and talented prosecutors, investigators and victims advocates for their tireless efforts to bring the defendant to justice. She is also very grateful for today's thoughtful and well-reasoned analysis and decision by Judge Hope Seeley.”

Allen is out on bond and faces sentencing in two months.

The dogs were euthanized and once this criminal phase is complete, there are two civil cases – one against Allen and one against the town of Plainfield.

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