Jason Allen Williams is one step closer to trial for the abuse of our beloved Chance. At 9:30am on March 31st a pre-trail hearing has been set with Judge William Baillargeon to determine if there is enough evidence to try Mr. Williams on Felony Animal Abuse, or simple Misdemeanor Animal Cruelty.
If Judge Baillargeon determines that the evidence supports Felony Animal Abuse, the case will be sent to the Circuit Court for trial. If the evidence does not support the more serious felony charge, the case will remain in Allegan County District court and tried as misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Wishbone Pet Rescue believes that justice will be served only if the suspect is charged with a felony and its corresponding penalty of a possible jail sentence of four years, and/or a $5000 fine, and up to 500 hours of community service. The judge will decide how the case will proceed – and under what charges — at the preliminary examination.
To demonstrate community support, Wishbone would like to see concerned citizens and animal lovers attend the March 31st preliminary examination at the Allegan County 57th District Court located on 113 Chestnut Street in Allegan, MI. Williams is scheduled to face the judge at 9:30am, although due to docket scheduling, he may appear slightly earlier or later. For more information, contact Wishbone Pet Rescue, or call the District Court Criminal Assignment Clerk at 269-673-0400.
A pre-trial meeting between the prosecutor and Mr. Williams attorney is schedule for Thursday morning. Please visit this blog for an update on the proceedings and final details of the March 31st pre-trial hearing.