Pit bull owners arrested after their dogs brutally killed 45-year old Kelly Caldwell.
"Weekend" Jail Time archived
07/23/12: Nearly five years after a 45-year old Yermo woman was brutally killed by pit bulls, the owners of the dogs were sentenced to 120 days in county jail -- and to be served on "weekends," a diversion program. Both John Peterson, 26, and Jeffrey King, 26, pleaded no contest to owning a dangerous dog that caused death, a felony crime, for which they could have faced three years in a county prison if convicted. Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty allowed this plea deal.
“My opinion, the opinion of my office and after consulting with the victim’s family, I felt this was the best way to hold them accountable,” said Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty.
The prosecutor consulted with the victim’s mother before making the deal. Though she understood his decision, she called it, “a slap on the wrist,” Daugherty said. - Katie Lucia, Daily Press, July 23, 2012
09/18/08: Dogs' Owners Arrested archived
Yermo, CA - Last year, on Christmas Day, Kelly Caldwell was savagely attacked and killed by several pit bulls belonging to Jeffrey King and John Peterson. After the grisly attack, Caldwell's daughter, Rhonda Dugger, said that pieces of her body were scattered around the scene and that it looked like her legs had been run over by a car. In August, DNA test results confirmed that blood found on the dogs matched DNA from the victim. The dogs' owners have now been arrested.
Jeffrey Dwayne King, Jr., 23, and John Allan Peterson, 23, of Yermo were arrested in Barstow on September 17, 2008 and booked into jail on suspicion of failure to control a mischievous animal, resulting in death, a felony offense. The pit bull owners are scheduled for an arraignment Friday. Authorities are still seeking information about the fatal pit bull mauling of Kelly Caldwell on Christmas Day 2007. Please contact the Barstow Sheriff's Office if you have information:
To report information relating to the incident, call the Barstow sheriff’s station at 760-256-4838. To remain anonymous, call WE-TIP at 1-800-78-CRIME or leave information on the WeTip Web site at www.wetip.com.
12/30/08: 2007 Fatality: Kelly Caldwell Killed by Loose Pit Bulls in California