SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge has sentenced a dog owner to 15
years to life in prison, seven years after her canines fatally
mauled her neighbor in an upscale San Francisco neighborhood.
A judge had reduced a jury's conviction of second-degree murder
to involuntary manslaughter and Marjorie Knoller was sentenced in
2002 to four years in prison.
But the California Supreme Court last year ordered the
second-degree murder conviction reinstated. She was sentenced on
that conviction Monday. Knoller's lawyers plan to appeal.
The conviction stemmed from the 2001 death of Dianne Whipple.
She was attacked by Knoller's two Presa Canarios in a hallway of
their apartment building. Each dog weighed more than 100 pounds and
inflicted at least 77 wounds.
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