UPDATE: Janas Gets Max Sentence in Dog Torturing Case

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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UPDATE: Mon 2:55 PM, March 17, 2014

A 21-year-old Wausau woman convicted of torturing and killing her boyfriend's dog, Mary, in June 2012 will spend two years and three months behind bars.

Earlier this month, Sean Janas pleaded guilty to mistreating an animal resulting in death, and intentionally poisoning an animal.

Janas recieved the maximum sentenced Monday in Marathon County Circuit Court. She has received credit for 447 days, as she has been in custody since October 19, 2012.

Prosecutors say Janas poured bleach and drano down the throat of the German Shepherd-Labrador mix, as well as stabbing her multiple times with a knife and keeping a diary about how she got pleasure doing it.

This case has sparked outrage across the state and even the country. Several animal welfare advocates from the area, as well as Green Bay and Milwaukee, showed up at several hearing to protest.

Upon release she'll spend two years on extended supervision and may not own, train, or have a pet for five years.

UPDATED: Wed 10:29 AM, Sept 04, 2013

A four-day trial is scheduled to begin January 21, 2014 for the woman accusing of torturing and killing her boyfriend's dog in June 2012.

Sean Janas, 21, has created several delays in her case including firing two attorneys and filing motions to have her case heard in another county, and requesting an out of county judge.

In July, Judge Greg Grau ordered their be no further adjournments.

ORIGINAL STORY: 4:01 PM, Apr 18, 2013

A trial date has been delayed for the woman accused of poisoning, torturing, and killing her boyfriend's dog last summer.

Sean Janas, 20, is charged with two counts of felony animal abuse and one count obstructing an officer.

During a motions hearing in March, Janas fired her attorney and new one was immediately appointed. During that hearing Janas also requested a change of venue or venire. Meaning, she wanted an outside jury to be brought in, or have her case heard in a different county. NewsChannel 7 has placed a call to her attorney questioning the status of that motion and will update this story once we hear back.

Janas' new trial date has been scheduled for July 29 and is expected to last four days. The original trial date was May 1, however the defense has request more time to review new evidence.

Online court records also show she's due in Washington County Court on May 6 in connection to a theft case stemming from October 2012.

According to the criminal complaint, surveillance video shows Janas entering the Wal-Mart in Germantown and placing nearly $1,600 worth of DVDs and Bluerays into a duffel bag. A Wal-mart employee then told police Janas left the duffel bag in a shopping cart in one of the store's aisles and left the building. Surveillance video then shows an accomplice entering the store and retrieving the bag filled with stolen goods.

The relationship between Janas and the other suspect is not known, however the criminal complaint lists the two having the same address at the time of the alleged crime.

Janas is behind bars in Marathon County on $2,500 cash bond.

Click the links below to view related articles

March 25, 2013 Sean Janas Fires Attorney, Judge Says that Won't Delay Trial

Jan. 2, 2013 Judge Refuses to Reduce Bond for Wausau Woman Accused of Torturing Dog

October 31, 2012 Community Marches for Mary, a Wausau Dog Brutally Killed

October 29, 2012 Wis. Doesn't Require Vets to Report Animal Abuse

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