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Boy, 17, sentenced to 23 YEARS for fatally shooting a retired police dog

  • Ivins Rosier was tried as an adult in the November 2012 attack
  • Police said he and two other teens broke into the home of a Florida trooper and shot a retired K-9 several times 
  • The German Shepherd died five days later
  • Ivins was convicted in May of animal cruelty, armed burglary and shooting into an occupied building


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A 17-year-old boy has been sentenced to 23 years behind bars for fatally shooting a retired police dog during a burglary.

Ivins Rosier was convicted in May for breaking into the Florida home of a trooper and shooting the officer's five-year-old German Shepherd two years ago. Drake, a former drug-sniffing dog, was euthanized five days later.

Rosier, who was 16 at the time of the incident but tried as an adult, was sentenced on Friday on charges of animal cruelty, armed burglary and shooting into an occupied building.


Convicted: Ivins Rosier, 17, will spend 23 years behind bars for fatally shooting a retired police dog
Ivins Rosier

Convicted: Ivins Rosier, 17 (pictured left and right) was tried as an adult in the November 2012 burglary and shooting


Victim: Retired police dog Drake, a five-year-old German Shepherd, died five days after being shot several times in November 2012

Victim: Retired police dog Drake, a five-year-old German Shepherd, died five days after being shot several times in November 2012



Palm Beach Post reported Circuit Judge Robin Rosenberg said she handed Rosier a tough sentence as she was bound by sentencing guidelines.


According to police, Rosier was one of three teens who broke into Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Boody's home on November 18, 2012. 

Rosier, who had a history of run-ins with the police, is the first to be tried, according to Palm Beach Post.



Sun Sentinel reported that Rosier confessed to police he was the one who shot the dog.


During the two-day trial, patrol officer Boody cried as he told the court about returning home from work to find Drake, who he adopted in 2010, wounded. 

Drake suffered broken limbs, bullet wounds in his head and jaw, massive blood loss and lethal damage to his esophagus.



'He was in obvious pain,' Boody said, according to Sun Sentinel. 

Convicted: Ivins Rosier, 17, pictured at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office courtroom in West Palm Beach on November 30, 2012, after being accused of breaking into a Florida trooper's home and shooting his police dog

Convicted: Ivins Rosier, 17, pictured at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office courtroom in West Palm Beach on November 30, 2012, after being accused of breaking into a Florida trooper's home and shooting his police dog


Days before Drake was euthanized, Rosier admitted to Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Detective Philip DiMola during questioning that he shot the dog. 


The November 22, 2012, interrogation was recorded and played to Palm Beach County jury during its deliberations on Friday, according to Sun Sentinel. 

'If you shoot that dog and he dies, that's murder of a law enforcement officer,' DiMola pressed Rosier in the interrogation video.


Meanwhile, Rosier's attorneys, Jack Fleishman and Rachel Preefer, asked Judge Rosenberg to sentence the teen as a juvenile with a six-year prison terms.

However she said she didn't feel that was appropriate after the court heard Rosier had faced previous juvenile charges for grand theft, battery, lewd and lascivious molestation and false imprisonment. 


During the November 2012 shooting, he was wearing an ankle monitor for a previous burglary charge which officers used to link him to the crime scene. 

Rosier told Rosenberg he was misunderstood and blamed his problems on drug and alcohol addiction. 


'The vicious ruthless person that I’ve been portrayed to be, that’s not who I am, that’s not who I’ll ever be,' Rosier said.





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That police dog was considered as human as his human partner.  Africans are less than dogs in America.  Homeboy chose the path of criminality, now he sits for the next 23 years in a cage, just like the animals in the zoo; just like the dogs in the dog pound.  It wasn't worth it, honey, was it???????????  A hard head makes a soft behind.  Maybe you'll have more sense at age 40; don't know how you'll support yourself.  You young dudes go so nutty, that parents can no longer help you, you won't listen to anyone, you love to follow, when your butt gets in prison, you'll face more deviant shit than you ever knew was in existence.  You've become ENSLAVED, and you did it to yourself.

He's freaking stupid LOL.

The crime of Robbery with a Firearm is classified as a First Degree and is assigned a Level 9 offense severity ranking under Florida's Criminal Punishment Code.

If convicted of Robbery with a Firearm, a judge is required to impose a minimum prison sentence of either the 10/20/Life Firearm Enhancement or 48 months in prison and can also impose any combination of the following penalties:

  • Up to life in prison.
  • Up to life on probation.
  • Up to $15,000 in fines.

10/20/Life Firearm Enhancement

A person convicted of actually possessing a firearm during the commission of a Robbery, as opposed to being an unarmed accomplice, is subject to the possibility of being sentenced under Florida's 10/20/Life statute.

Under the 10/20/Life statute, and depending on how the firearm was used, a person convicted of Robbery with a Firearm could receive one of the following minimum-mandatory prison sentences:

  • A minimum 10 year prison term;
  • A minimum 20 year prison term if the firearm was discharged; and
  • A minimum 25 year prison term if someone is injured or killed by a firearm.


First, you break into somebody house, second you are armed, third you kill a POLICE dog, for what? And you break into a cop's house? LOL?


Don't he know Florida has a 10 20 rule and using a firearm in commission of a crime is an automatic ten years? And he actually used the firearm. Crimes like breaking into houses don't pay anymore. If you gonna break into an house with a firearm, you might as well rob a bank because you gonna get the same amount of time. States got tough on crime sentencing now. 


He was 16, which is 2 years from 18, yeah he isgonna be tried as an adult. He is breaking into houses armed and shooting, they gonna get him off the street, they ain't playing with him.


Somebody need to teach these boys how to be crooks if they wanna be crooks.

Somebody need to be like, "That's a 5 to 10 right there, you really wanna do that?" I don't feel sorry for him, he should know better if he gonna run the streets. It's part of the game. 


If you wanna be a crook, then know the sentencing. 

Last edited by GoodMan
Originally Posted by sunnubian:

Of course he needs to go to prison for what he's done, but the fact still remains that if he were a White teenager, he would not be looking at 23 years in an adult prison for killing a dog, which is essentially what he is being sentenced for on top of the burglary charge.  


And, yes, he is stupid as hell, he's 17.  

It's mandatory. (Of course Melissa Alexander got a deal due to being a woman.)


You do any crime involving a firearm, you are getting 10 years in Florida


You use the firearm, you get another 10.


He could've went in there and shot at the ceiling and he would've gotten 20 thrown at him. 


And if he was White and went in there and killed the dog and brought a gun, he'll still get 20 as it is mandatory.


And when I was running the street, I wasn't that stupid.


I didn't run into anybody's house with a weapon because that's decades. That's like crime 101. If you break into something, you bringing a weapon means you intend to use the threat of violence, you go from burglary to robbery. 


I made sure nothing was home. You stake out a house and you watch the house. Learn who goes in and goes at the house. Learn what time people go to work and etc. When you do break in finally, you make it seem like nobody was even there. 


And I def didn't break into anybody's house with more than 1 other person with me.


He just all around a dummy and should've stuck to shoplifting or something that couldn't get him put away for a quarter of his life. 


And he should go to jail for 20 years, just think if somebody was home, he probably would've caught a body or end up in a hostage situation. Who knows what he went in there for, they could be a wanting to kill somebody instead of breaking in to steal something.


People like him and his friends are the ones that end up on the news, killing somebody in a simple stick up because they don't wanna be caught.

Like them boys in Georgia walking around asking for money and end up killing a baby because the mother said she didn't have any money they panicked and shot the baby-when all they had to do is move on. 


You don't want stupid crooks running the streets doing unnecessary crap. 


The whole point of being a career criminal is avoiding jail time and doing crimes with as little sentencing as possible. 

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Well, young males do not need lessons on how to be criminal at all or how to be a criminal and get lessor sentencing.  They need to be told/taught that there is nothing inside anyone's home that is worth their spending 20 years of their life in prison, hell, there's nothing worth spending 1 year or 1 month or 1 day.


They also need to be taught lessons in integrity and respect for other people's right to live in their own home without fear or fear of being harmed or murdered, and without fear of someone coming in to steal all the things they took the time to actually work on a job to pay for.  


They need to be told that if they worship and desire a material object bad enough to actually break into someone's home to steal it, that their is something going wrong with their brain that is cutting off their brain's capacity to process Logic.  


The need to be told to ask themselves, if what they are about to do or are thinking of doing was done to their mother, father, sister, brother, child, how would they feel about that?


They need to be told that there is a such thing as doing without when the only way they can obtain what they want would be for them to have to commit a crime to get it.  


They also need to be told/taught that no matter what they have did in the past, they can make a 360-degree turn around and just walk away from engaging in deviant acts, crime, and/or violence.  


We have got to find a ways somehow to actually talk to our young people, especially, young males, to literally corner them up somewhere and have long, logical, conversations and history lessons that can help them connect the dots.


We have already lost nearly a generation to deviant behavior, crime, violence and the Prison Industrial Complex.  



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