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My funny Valentine...

Star Tribune, ST. PAUL - Police have recovered some gruesome evidence in the case against Anthony Gomez, the 24-you-old St. Paul man who was charged Friday with beheading the therapy dog that belonged to 17-year-old Crystal Brown. Brown. Video clips of the dog being decapitated with a chain saw were found on the suspect's cellular phone. [full story here]

Crystal Brown had befriended Anthony Gomez, but his interests turned romantic. Brown didn't return his affections, and her 4-year-old Australian shephard mix went missing on Feb. 7. Three weeks later, a gift-wrapped package was delivered to the Brown's doorstep. It contained valentine's candy, a twin pack of AA batteries, and a garbage bag which contained the dog's severed head.

Though the clips are on Gomez's cell phone, he denies committing the act. He also denies having delivered the parcel, but admits that he may have incited those actions. He admits to being present, and that the dog was beheaded with a chainsaw in his basement. Evidence confirms the latter. Gomez claims that the dog was killed because of drugs, and that Brown was present for the beheading. Crystal denies this, and the Ramsey Countey Attorney Susan Gaertner does not believe Crystal was there.

Gomez is being held in the county jail on a $20,000 bail, according to the Star Tribune. The Pioneer Press reports a $35,000 bail. Gomez is charged with two felonies: "killing a companion animal and cruelty to a companion animal, both committed with the intent to threaten, intimidate or terrorize another person." Both sentences carry a maximum sentence of 4 years in prison and a $10,000.

This is not Gomez's first run-in with the law. He has previously been convicted of second-degree assault and domestic assault.


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