A Los Angeles court has sentenced the man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer and took the singer’s two dogs earlier this year.
During the incident which occurred on Wednesday, February 23rd in Los Angeles, Fischer was shot multiple times, with two of Gaga’s French bulldogs stolen. Authorities believed the robbery was a targeted attack.
Reports placed Fischer in West Hollywood at the time of the attack where he was walking three of the singer’s puppies. During police arrival at the scene, Fischer was still conscious and was subsequently rushed to the hospital in “grave” condition, according to sources close to the incident.
The incident took place while Gaga was in Rome, with sources close to the singer saying the news understandably upset her. One of the puppies who escaped during the attack was safely recovered by the authorities shortly after the incident.
Gaga offered a $500,000 reward for any information leading to the safe return of her lost dogs, Koji and Gustav, shortly after the horrible incident.
Jennifer McBride, who was subsequently revealed to be the alleged shooter’s girlfriend, returned the dogs two days after the event. Soon after, her boyfriend, James Howard Jackson, was arrested and designated as the prime suspect, and he was charged on multiple counts.
Nearly a year later, Mr. Jackson has been sentenced to 21 years in prison by a Los Angeles court after pleading no contest to one count of attempted murder and admitting to inflicting serious bodily harm, in addition to a previous offense.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement:
“The plea agreement holds Mr Jackson accountable for perpetrating a cold-hearted violent act and provides justice for our victim.”
McBride was charged as an accomplice with two other accomplices, Harold White (who pled no contest to one count of being an ex-convict in possession of a firearm) and Jaylin White (who pled no contest to second-degree robbery).