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Bank robber who shot police dog sentenced to 12 years

ANDERSON, Ind. – An Anderson man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for shooting a police dog after robbing a bank.

WRTV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/VGYeow) that Joseph Turner pleaded guilty last month to charges of armed robbery, criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement and striking a law enforcement animal.

Turner robbed a PNC Bank in Anderson in August then fled the scene on a bicycle. Police sent their canine Magnum into a field to track Turner after the dog picked up his scent.

Turner shot the dog in the face. Magnum was rushed to emergency surgery g but had to be euthanized.

Turner also was sentenced to six years on probation.

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