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A Littlerock man who owned four pit bulls that fatally mauled a woman last year was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison.

Alex Donald Jackson could have been given up to 24 years to life in prison, but prosecutors said they were satisfied with the outcome of the case.

Lancaster Superior Court Judge Lisa M. Chung noted that Jackson had a criminal history, although it involved relatively minor offenses.

“This is a very tragic, emotional case,” the judge said.

Jackson, 31, was convicted in August of one count of second-degree murder for the May 9, 2013, dog attack on Pamela Devitt, a 63-year-old Palmdale grandmother who was walking in the area as part of an exercise routine.

The panel also convicted him of three drug-related charges — cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of a controlled substance, but acquitted him of a single charge of assault with a deadly weapon involving an alleged run-in with a horseback rider in January 2013.

Chung sentenced Jackson to seven years for the drug offenses, but that prison time will be served concurrently with the sentence on the murder conviction.

A restitution hearing was set for Oct. 17.

Authorities said Devitt sustained about 200 puncture wounds in the dog attack, which began when she was walking about one-eighth of a mile from Jackson’s home.

A motorist’s pickup truck was also chased by the dogs after the motorist — who called 911 — honked her horn in an effort to stop the dogs from attacking Devitt, according to Deputy District Attorney Ryan Williams.

During the sentencing hearing, Devitt’s husband, Ben, told Chung he and his wife had begun walking regularly following the birth of their grandson.

“First of all, four years ago, our grandson was born and that kind of gave us a little different opinion about our elderly years,” he said. “… The walking … went from occasional to routine to daily.”

Ben Devitt said he moved to Washington state following his wife’s death, saying he couldn’t bear watching all of the work Pamela had done in their yard “turning brown and withering away.”

“Her story should not have ended in such a horrific way,” he said.

During the trial, Jackson testified in his own defense, telling jurors that he felt ‘terrible” about what had happened.

“This isn’t anything that I orchestrated or planned, that I wanted to have happen,” he said.

In a sentencing memorandum, however, the prosecutor wrote that Jackson kept the dogs and a shotgun to guard a drug operation at his house and that “his actions in this case show that he has a nearly psychopathic disregard for the lives and well-being of others.”

Williams noted in the court document that Jackson had a “complete lack of empathy” for his neighbors and ignored repeated warnings that his dogs were dangerous.  He also noted that Jackson hid the dogs in his garage after the attack and lied to law enforcement officers who were trying to find the animals.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies searched Jackson’s home and confiscated eight dogs: six pit bulls and two mixed breeds, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Marijuana also was found growing on the property.

DNA testing confirmed that dried blood from the victim was found on four of Jackson’s dogs, who were locked in a garage, according to Williams.

Williams called the case “very unusual,” noting that there was evidence the dogs attacked nine other people in an 18-month period.

Jackson’s brother, Vincent, asked the judge for mercy, saying a life prison term would be “a very hard and harsh lesson.”

“My brother absolutely had no reason to believe anything like this would ever happen,” he said. “I know he feels absolutely terrible.”

The four dogs involved in the attack on Devitt were euthanized, while the other four dogs found on the property were adopted by other families, according to the prosecutor.

The case was the second tried in Los Angeles County in which a dog owner was convicted of second-degree murder for a mauling death.

The case against former lawyer Marjorie Knoller was moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles following extensive publicity in the Bay Area, and she was convicted in March 2002 of second-degree murder for the January 2001 mauling of lacrosse coach Diane Whipple in an apartment hallway by two Presa Canario dogs owned by Knoller and her husband, Robert Noel, who was also then an attorney. Noel was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and owning a mischievous dog that kills.

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