Last September 11th I was up in a hot air balloon shaped like a flag floating over Chester County. This September 11th I spent all day in a court house.
Almost two hours ago the jury came back. Sorry for not posting sooner, but I wanted to sit and think a while. It has been a long time since February.
It was a long afternoon as we waited in the District Attorney’s Offices – which were a real kick to see! I have to say the Chester County District Attorney’s Office personnel were pretty darn amazing. They did not have to go out of their way to make us comfortable and they did. They allowed us to wait in a small conference room instead of just hanging in the hall all afternoon. On a brutally hot day with my friend Amy in a full boot cast, this was particularly nice. I met some really amazing people and even one of the working dogs handled by the Chester County Sheriff’s Department.
Guilty. Gabriel Pilotti wanted to be judged by a jury of his peers, and he was. And he was found guilty. Truthfully I think his defense team looked a bit surprised.
Case CP15 -CR-00010992013
Count 1 Cruelty to Animals (Argus) – Guilty
Count 2 Cruelty to Animals (Fiona) – Guilty
Sentencing is October 28th at 9 a.m. in front of Judge Ronald C. Nagle.
Assistant District Attorney Kevin Pierce really brought his A game to the closing. I could go into the back and forth nitty-gritty of the closing, but why? The verdict is what it is. I also understand that Mr. Pilotti will probably lose his weapon now? That is what I was told on my way out this evening.
Today justice was done for Argus and Fiona. To me this was also a big win in general for Pennsylvania’s dogs. A win for the dogs is much overdue.
I also want to thank Bud Haly who is on the board of the Chester County SPCA for stepping up and coming to court today. That gives me hope for that organization. Some people who are affiliated with the CCSPCA were mighty pissy that I even articulated someone should be there. Guess what? I wasn’t wrong and he said simply that he couldn’t NOT be there. So I am glad one board member did the right thing.
I also want to thank West Vincent Chief of Police Michael Swininger and Officer Austin Russell. They were there with us, and as critical as I can be about West Vincent Township, these two gentlemen are stand up guys. And many thanks to the media who devoted time for this, especially print media. We all know they are stretched thin.
We were all very emotional when the verdict was read. Bill Bock just stood there for a moment not moving with tears in his eyes. That right there made all the crap we took for believing in Justice for Argus and Fiona worth it. This family can have peace and closure.
Run free over the Rainbow Bridge Argus and Fiona. You have your justice, sweet pups.
And some have asked if Pilotti can appeal. Well he can but whether or not he would get much traction? I simply don’t know. My guess would be not really.