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Defendant: Ian De Los Reyes (DOB: 11/27/1985)

Dec. 12, 2019 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Ian De Los Reyes (no known address) pleaded guilty to killing a dog whose remains were found burned in a Greenburgh backyard in July. State Supreme Court Justice Barry Warhit presided.

The defendant, a fugitive from North Carolina and Utah where charges are pending, was indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury in August. He was charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and Tampering with Physical Evidence, both felonies. In court today, Judge Warhit accepted the defendant’s plea and sentenced him to eight months incarceration at the Westchester County Penitentiary on each count. The sentences will run concurrently.

Background

On Saturday, July 13, 2019, Greenburgh Police arrested Ian De Los Reyes along with another man, Danilo Tolentino, after officers found the charred remains of a dog in Tolentino’s backyard and evidence of the dog’s killing inside the house. Tolentino reported the death of the dog to police Saturday morning.

Police allege, De Los Reyes stabbed and killed the black Labrador retriever and then proceeded to burn the dog’s body in a fire pit sometime Friday night. The dog had belonged to the Tolentino’s daughter who did not live at the residence.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Ann Liebowitz of the Investigations Division is prosecuted the case.

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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