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Rhyming judge convicts puppy thief in style

Rhyming judge convicts puppy thief in style

CONVICTED: The judge summarized the case by saying: "You lied and lied; I can't put that aside. It was your car; you went too far. You hid the pup; the jig was up. You got rid of the gun; your game is done." Photo: clipart.com

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint was convicted of the crime by a judge who left him with a rhyme.

The Oregonian newspaper reports that Clackamas County Judge Susie Norby did not buy JaJuane Etheridge’s claim that he was the victim of a setup.

She summarized the case by telling him Monday: “You lied and lied; I can’t put that aside. It was your car; you went too far. You hid the pup; the jig was up. You got rid of the gun; your game is done.”

Police said Etheridge stole the $2,000 puppy from breeders James and Patricia Steele after they agreed to meet him in October 2012. Etheridge gave the dog to his girlfriend as a birthday gift for her daughter.

Etheridge will be sentenced on Aug. 1.

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