Dog-shooting case ends with plea, court supervision
URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he didn't have a valid firearm owner's card at the time he was believed to have shot a dog in the leg more than a year ago has been sentenced to a year of court supervision.
The sentence means that if Joshua Ingersoll successfully completes the period of supervision, he will have no record of a conviction.
Ingersoll, 33, pleaded guilty in February to not having a valid firearm owner's identification card, a misdemeanor.
He was arrested at his home in the 2700 block of Arden Drive on Jan. 28, 2012, after his girlfriend's terrier was treated by a veterinarian who called police to alert them to the animal's injury.
Ingersoll was subsequently charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless discharge of a firearm, but those charges were dismissed as part of his guilty plea because the evidence was disputed as to who had actually shot the animal.
Ingersoll's attorney, Steve Beckett of Urbana, said the girlfriend admitted to her mother and other witnesses that she had shot the dog. Beckett said his client had possessed a valid FOID card in the past but had inadvertently failed to renew the card.
Judge Michael Jones imposed the sentence on Ingersoll, who had no criminal record. Beckett sought the court supervision sentence while State's Attorney Julia Rietz argued for a slightly more serious sentence of conditional discharge or probation.
Ingersoll was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs.