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Former State Trooper accused of killing man's pet dog rejects plea deal
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Retired New York State Police Trooper Anthony Randazzo of Holland Patent turned down a plea deal in Oneida County Court in Utica on Monday morning that would have given him three years probation.
Now he will face a trial and the possibility of spending two years in state prison if convicted.
He faces a felony-level animal cruelty charge.
Randazzo is accused of shooting and killing a dog right in front of the dog's owner at the Trenton Greenbelt Trails back in August.
The dog's owner, Bernard Sperfeld, who was at the Oneida County Courthouse on Monday morning claims that Randazzo shot his three year old German Shepherd named 'Shadow' as part of a vendetta against him.
Sperfeld says he had an argument with Randazzo's girlfriend in that very same area the night before, and the next night Sperfeld says she came to the park, this time with Randazzo.
Sperfeld says Randazzo was out of his vehicle and Randazzo's girlfriend was inside the vehicle, when he says Randazzo shot his dog for no reason from about 30 feet away.
Randazzo has said he shot the dog in self defense. Sperfeld says the dog posed no threat, and says it was an unprovoked attack that makes no sense, especially by a former police officer.
"All I know is, that he's a mean killer," Sperfeld said. "That's all I know."
Sperfeld says that during the argument with Randazzo's girlfriend the night before, she threatened him by saying, "I've got connections, I've got connections. I'll take care of your dog and I'll take care of you."
Sperfeld says he'll never forget the incident and what Randazzo said after his dog was shot:
"I had Shadow's head on my lap, and he stood behind me," Sperfeld said. "And he (Randazzo) said 'why don't you step aside, I'll finish Shadow off. I'll finish him off for you.'"
Besides the three years probation, the prosecution's plea offer included a $1,000 fine, restitution of $450 to Sperfeld for his veterinary bills, as well as an order of protection against Randazzo so that he could go no where near Bernard Sperfeld and finally, the forfeiture of Randazzo's pistol permit.
Both parties must file motions in the case by November 30, with Randazzo scheduled to appear back in court on December 7.