SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA – A woman who beat her in-laws’ 14-year-old dog to death was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.
Seminole Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester also ordered Evita Williams, 26, to serve five years of probation, attend an anger-management class, undergo psychological, drug and alcohol evaluation and not own pets.
A jury in July convicted Williams of burglary and animal cruelty.
Prosecutors said Williams beat the Labrador mix Ginger with an aluminum softball bat last year because she was upset about problems with her estranged husband and because Ginger had nipped her son eight months earlier.
Williams used a screwdriver to break into a locked bedroom at her in-laws’ house near Longwood, where she was living temporarily, muzzled Ginger and covered her with a blanket before killing her in the backyard.
Sherry and Dan Williams had invited Williams and her son to stay with them because she had nowhere else to go.
They locked Ginger in their bedroom July 5 because Williams had threatened to hurt the dog. The attack happened the next day while they were at work.
Williams said she dumped the body in a condo-complex garbage bin, but it was never recovered. The bin had been emptied by the time investigators arrived.