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.