Plainfield Rottweiler Owner Rejects Plea Deal

This article was published on: 02/24/17 8:05 PM by Mike Minarsky

downloadA Plainfield woman accused of failing to control a pair of dogs that mauled a Canterbury woman working in her home in 2014 has rejected a plea deal offer of 30 days in prison.

At an appearance on Thursday in Danielson Superior Court, Jenna Allen, 31, of Putnam Road, chose instead to go to a trial scheduled for March 15. Allen rejected an offer of 30 days in prison on a charge of second-degree reckless endangerment, plus $430 in fines for two possession of a nuisance dog infractions and five infractions for failure to comply with dog license requirements.

Prosecutors announced that at Allen’s trial she will face a charge of first-degree instead of second-degree reckless endangerment, meaning that if convicted, Allen could be sentenced to up to a year in prison. She also will face fines if she is found guilty of violating the infractions she is cited with.

Also on Thursday in court, Corey Beakey, 30, Allen’s boyfriend at the time of the attack, rejected an undisclosed plea deal offer for his role in the incident at Allen’s home. Beakey is accused of second-degree reckless endangerment.

Beakey’s case now moves to a judicial pretrial conference scheduled for March 21, which is a continued attempt to settle his case short of trial. A judicial pretrial already was held in Allen’s case.

On Dec. 3, 2014, Lynne Denning, a home health aide, said she was sitting with Allen’s grandmother in the living room when one of Allen’s six dogs, a 130-pound male Rottweiler named Phoenix, attacked her.

She said Phoenix, with his “eyes bulging,” lunged at her face before tearing at her torso and extremities.

During the attack, Denning had her upper right cheek, parts of both lips, left eyelid and her entire nose torn away, she said. She also had numerous cuts and bites on her breasts, shoulder, arms and legs, requiring extensive and numerous reconstructive surgeries.

The dog was euthanized in June, along with Malaki, another Rottweiler implicated in the attack.

Both Allen and Beakey are free on $10,000 bail. They each have pleaded not guilty to the charges they face.


Source: John Barry 2/24/17

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