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Woman admits to helping two men who killed a dog

January 6, 2020 GMT

WINTER HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who admitted to helping two men accused of killing a dog avoid police was sentenced on Monday.

Maria Lockhart, 26, of Winter Harbor, pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension or prosecution, the Bangor Daily News reported.

A jury found Lockhart’s boyfriend Justin Chipman guilty in the August 2018 shooting death of lobsterman Phil Torrey’s pug named Franky.

Chipman and Nathan Burke were accused of taking Franky from Torrey’s home while he was out of town. Lockhart drove the two men to Bangor and helped them rent a hotel room after the dog went missing, prosecutors said.

The dog’s body later washed ashore in Winter Harbor.

Both men worked on Torrey’s lobster boat. They turned themselves in to police in September 2018.

Chipman was convicted on animal cruelty, burglary and other charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

Lockhart was placed on deferred disposition for a year. She will be able to withdraw her plea if she meets certain conditions.