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JUSTICE: Man Who Stole Karley's Life Denied Probation Release


When retired Los Angeles County assistant fire chief Glynn Demon Johnson smashed Karley’s head in with a rock in 2008, he underestimated the 6-month-old puppy’s right to exist. He also never imagined the fury of animal advocates seeking justice for her stolen life.

6/16/11 UPDATE: During Johnson’s 2011 hearing at Riverside Superior Court, he attempted to gain early release from his original sentence of 90 days weekend jail time plus 3 years probation. But the Judge sided with justice, reprimanding Johnson for his utter lack of remorse in Karley’s violent death.

YOU WERE HEARD: Karley’s murder struck a chord with Kinship Circle followers, who wrote, called and emailed the Riverside County District Attorney’s office, police and fire departments with a unified demand: Terminate Johnson’s job. Book and prosecute him to the fullest extent allowed by law. At this hearing, the Judge mentioned the mountain of letters received on Karley’s behalf.

A probation department report and recommendation filed with the court logged Johnson’s 16-week anger management counseling, along with 400 hours of community service. The report advised that Johnson NOT get early discharge from his 3-year probation term. Johnson is now ordered to finish official probation that ends on April 1, 2013.



4/2/10 UPDATE: Glynn Demon Johnson, 55, a retired Los Angeles County assistant fire chief, beat Karley — a neighbor's 6-month-old puppy — so badly that she had to be euthanized. He was sentenced to 90 days weekend jail time and 3 years probation. Johnson could have received a maximum 4 years in state prison for his conviction of felony animal cruelty.

Karley, a German shepherd mix adopted by Johnson’s former neighbors, Jeff and Shelley Toole, had escaped from her yard and darted across the defendant’s property on 11/3/08. Johnson testified that he took Karley from neighbor Travis Skaggs, to spare the man a walk to the Toole residence. As he led Karley by the collar, she whipped around and bit him on the wrist, Johnson said.

Karley clamped down on his right thumb, "filleting" it. So he picked up a rock and struck the dog until she went limp. Skaggs testified that Karley showed no signs of aggression. He said Johnson grabbed the top and bottom portions of the dog’s mouth and pulled, as if trying to snap Karley’s jaws.

Skaggs said he tried to intervene, but Johnson ignored him, slamming a rock into Karley’s head 10 to 15 times.

3/8/10 UPDATE: Your persistence helped turn a sluggish case into an arrest and charges. Johnson was found guilty and scheduled for sentencing on March 8, 2010. Your diligence shed light on the long-term repercussions of animal violence. Johnson has a history of rage impulse control issues, including an attack on his own daughter, 14, in their backyard.

1/26/10 UPDATE: Former L.A. County assistant fire chief Glynn Johnson stands convicted of felony animal cruelty and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony for fatally battering 6-month-old German shepherd mix Karley with a 12-pound rock outside his Riverside, Calif. home on 11/3/08. Karley’s shattered jaw and other wounds led to her euthanasia.


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Dear Riverside County District Attorney’s Office:

Thank you for recognizing the gravity of former L.A. County assistant fire chief Glynn Johnson’s illegal abuse of an animal. Johnson’s 1/26/10 guilty verdict could not have happened without your diligent prosecution.

As you know, Johnson fatally battered a 6-month-old German shepherd mix, Karley, with a 12-pound rock outside his Riverside, Calif. home on 11/3/08. An unleashed Karley had sprinted across Johnson’s yard. As he tried to contain her by her collar, she defensively injured Johnson’s thumb and wrist. A witness saw Johnson beat Karley repeatedly, shatter her jaw, and slam her with a rock until nearly dead.

Violence is violence, whether victims are human or nonhuman animals. Offenders like Johnson, who blame their victims, are often “repeat offenders, resistant to intervention,” notes ASPCA's Randall Lockwood, Ph.D., a consultant to investigators, law enforcers and court officials.

Your pursuit of maximum felony animal cruelty penalties not only brings justice for Karley, but sets precedent for the next Karley. I sincerely hope Glynn Johnson receives the full 4-year prison term at his sentencing on 3/8/10. Any updates your office can provide are appreciated.

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