Woman sentenced after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A woman was sentenced after pleading guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges.

A spokesperson with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney Collin Stolle said Stephine Stallworth pleaded guilty to four counts on Monday. 

She and Justin Jones were arrested in October 2017 after Virginia Beach Animal Control said lake of care for their pets caused two dogs to be put down.

Stallworth was sentenced to four years — one year for each charge — and all but 120 days of that time suspended. In addition, she must be on good behavior for four years after and also may not own companion animals.

Jones was also faced with four counts of animal cruelty, as well as counts for fail to have rabies certificate and fail to pay pet tax. He pleaded guilty to the charges in late-October. 

According to Stolle’s office, Jones was sentenced to one year on each count, but also had all but 120 days suspended. He received a $100 fine for the tax and rabies charges, and must be on good behavior for four years. 

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