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Romero, sister, indicted in death of Buddy

romeroSteven Clay Romero and his sister were indicted late Monday in connection with the dragging death of Buddy, a stolen German shepherd mix who was pulled by a rope attached to a pick-up truck for miles at Colorado National Monument.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the National Park Service announced the indictments today against 37-year-old Romero, of Grand Junction, and his sister, 32-year-old Melissa Marie Lockhart of Fruita, according to the Denver Post.

Romero is already in federal custody and an arrest warrant was issued for Lockhart.

The federal indictment alleges Romero knowingly tortured and needlessly mutilated and killed the dog by dragging it behind a vehicle for three miles at the Colorado National Monument sometime between Dec. 29 and 30.

lockhartThe indictment says Lockhart knew about the crime between Dec. 30 and 31, but concealed it by making false statements to law enforcement, and failed to report it.

Romero faces one count of aggravated animal cruelty, punishable, if convicted, by up to three years in federal prison and up to a $100,000 fine. Lockhart is additionally charged with stealing Buddy and another dog, and faces up to three years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine, if convicted.

The case is in federal court because the crime is alleged to have occurred in a national park.

More than 100,000 signatures gathered via Facebook are to be presented to prosecutors tomorrow, demanding the maximum sentence for Romero and Lockhart, if convicted.

(For our previous posts on Buddy, click here.)


Comment from Gus and Wally
Time January 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I hope some enterprising reporter gets a photo shot of the judge’s face when the petition signatures some hundred thousand plus are delivered. This waste of planetary oxygen and his “sister” need to go bye bye for a very very long time in a place where they are treated in kind for what they did to this dog.

Comment from Nancy
Time January 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Hoping for the MAXIMUM. I wonder if Romero “gets” it yet?

Comment from E & K Gustin
Time March 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Drag em and hang em

Comment from kristina romrro
Time December 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

thats my dad so f*** all of u go to hell