Youngstown man charged after allegedly beating dog to death

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Youngstown man turned himself in to authorities Thursday after a search warrant was issued for his arrest in regards to a case from last week in which he allegedly beat a dog to death and assaulted a woman.

Police were called to a house at 130 Lauderdale Ave. on the North Side of Youngstown on April 3 after receiving a report of domestic violence.

The police report states officers were met by Joy Williams, who said her 4-year-old Maltese dog Gabby was dead in the back yard after her daughter’s boyfriend, William A. Williams, 32, hit the dog several times with a brick.

Officers said Victoria Williams, 25, had small, bloody scratches on her face and neck and also had a scraped bloody wrist, according to the police report. She said she and William Williams were arguing about her leaving with their 2-month-old child and he scratched her wrist and face when he was pulling on her to get her to stay.

She then told officers Williams struck Gabby on the head and body with two bricks, which officers found next to the detached garage. .

A warrant for his arrest was served by authorities Wednesday. He was booked at the Mahoning County Jail Thursday on charges of domestic violence and cruelty to companion animals.

He was arraigned Friday in Youngstown Municipal Court and is due back in court June 4 after posting bond.

According to court records, Williams pleaded guilty in 2001 to charges of cocaine possession and having weapons under disability. He was sentenced to two years of probation, which included drug treatment, anger management classes and vocational training.

Court records show Williams violated the terms of his probation in June 2002 when he was arrested on a burglary charge.

Court records also show Williams was indicted on a murder charge in June 2005. He pleaded guilty in May 2006 to reckless homicide with a firearm specification and was sentenced to four years in prison, with credit for nearly a year served while awaiting trial.

In December 2009, Williams was arrested on a misdemeanor drug possession charge to which he pleaded guilty in January of 2010.


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