GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4)– A Firestone man has been sentenced to 9 and a half years in prison for poisoning his neighbor’s two dogs and intimidating a witness in the case.

Joseph Losinski was sentenced in Weld County District Court on Wednesday.

According to police records, Losinski, 73, laced meat with strychnine, a powerful poison, and fed the meat to his neighbor’s two dogs.

The animals, a German shepherd named Kyera, and a chocolate lab named Dozer Boy, both died.

Later Losinski sent an intimidating letter to a neighbor who was a witness in the case.

Losinski pleaded guilty on Oct. 11 to one count of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of intimidating a witness.

Weld County District Court Judge Todd Taylor sentenced Losinski to 18 months in prison, the maximum sentence available on the cruelty charge, and eight years in prison for the intimidation count.

The judge ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.


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