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Judge denies request for lighter sentence for man who set girlfriend's puppy on fire

The puppy that died of his injuries. (Source: Facebook) The puppy that died of his injuries. (Source: Facebook)
In front of a large crowd of animal allies, a judge just denied a request for a lighter sentence for Hykeem Golson, who was convicted last month for setting a puppy on fire near Harbison Blvd. (Source: WIS) In front of a large crowd of animal allies, a judge just denied a request for a lighter sentence for Hykeem Golson, who was convicted last month for setting a puppy on fire near Harbison Blvd. (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A man accused of setting his girlfriend's puppy on fire will not receive a lighter sentence, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Hykeem Golson was sentenced to the maximum of five years and a $5,000 fine on an animal cruelty from a November 2016 case where investigators said he set his girlfriend's puppy on fire in a "vengeful act."

During the investigation, Golson admitted to the crime and allegedly told a Richland County Sheriff's Department investigator, when asked if he was sorry, said: “Definitely, I feel sorry the dog did not light the first time.”

Golson's attorney's argued that the five-year sentence was too harsh and that he still could be a productive member of society. 

However, the judge in this case disagreed, telling Golson in a crowded courtroom that his actions were "deplorable."

"Sometimes you have to go with your gut," the judge said of her sentence.

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