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October 20, 2015: Hawthorne Man Pleads to Domestic Violence, Animal Cruelty Charges

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A Hawthorne entered a no contest plea today for hitting his girlfriend and killing her 9-year-old Yorkshire terrier with a metal rack, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Frank Dunnick said Brian Scott Burlingame, 57, pleaded open to the court to one felony count each of cruelty to an animal and injuring a cohabitant.

An open plea is one where there was not a negotiated settlement with the prosecutor.

The defendant also admitted to personal use of a deadly weapon, a metal rack, in case YA092591.

Burlingame is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 15 in Department 8 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Torrance Branch. He faces a possible maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison.

On June 14, the defendant threw a metal rack at his girlfriend while she was holding her dog Bodie, the prosecutor said. The woman was injured and the Yorkshire terrier was killed, the prosecutor added.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, South Los Angeles Station.