Man sentenced for turning pit bull loose on deputies

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VISTA, Calif. — A man who turned his pit bull loose on two deputies when they tried to arrest him in Vista was sentenced Friday to 270 days in jail and probation.

Robert Edward Stephens Jr., 44, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest with force or violence.

Sheriff’s deputies went to Stephens’ residence on May 15 to arrest him for two warrants.

Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said Stephens was holed up in a shed behind the home when deputies arrived.

When deputies banged on the shed door, Stephens opened it and released his dog, Watanabe said.

The pit bull was pepper-sprayed, then shot and killed when it attacked a police dog, according to the prosecutor.

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