The ranch hand who tried to drown a 9-week-old puppy and its 67-year-old owner at a Pescadero family ranch was sentenced Friday to two years prison for residential burglary and misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Jorge Ruiz-Martinez, 33, pleaded no contest to the charges in late February rather than stand trial on five felonies. In return, he was promised a two-year prison term with the judge’s consideration for less. On Friday, the defense asked for probation but Judge Jonathan Karesh opted for the maximum. With his credit, Ruiz-Martinez has approximately a year and a half left to serve.
On Nov. 3, 2013, the family matriarch reportedly found Ruiz-Martinez pouring water down the throat of her puppy, Heidi, and after freeing the dog later being attacked and choked with water herself.
Responding deputies found Ruiz-Martinez in a field about 30 feet away possessing and under the influence of crystal methamphetamine.