District man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in July killing of 6 month old puppy

A District man pleaded guilty Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court to one count of felony cruelty to animals in the June killing of a six-month-old puppy behind a Northeast Washington convenience store.

Sean Delontay Branch faces up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine, according to authorities. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 27 by Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr.

According to prosecutors, on the morning of June 29, Branch dropped a 90-pound cement slab on the puppy known as King Tut, a pit bull-Terrier mix, as the puppy slept tied to a fence behind the Circle Seven Express store in the 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE. Prosecutors say Branch was angry with the dog’s owner.

District prosecutors and the Washington Humane Society worked on the case.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.
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