Zachary Gross, 31, may be the least repentant criminals to face a judge at sentencing. The Kentucky man interrupted the judge during his hearing and told him to spare him the “lecture.” It was a particularly curious position for a man to take after telling his pit bull to attack his girlfriend,Marilyn Stanley — leading to her being partially scalped by the dog. The horrific attack and its equally horrific aftermath was caused by Gross anger over Facebook postings by Stanley. If there was anyone in need of a good lecture, it would seem to be Zachary Gross.
Gross was not interested in the judge’s views of his crime. He told toldBoone County Circuit Judge Rick Brueggemann “I’m not asking for your mercy. Just give me the 20. I don’t need a lecture.”
He was sentenced him to 21 years for his disgusting attack on Marilyn Stanley, in September 2015. Stanley had grabbed a knife in self-defense and when she refused to drop it, Gross had his pit bull attack. The dog proceeded to rip off part of her ear and scalp. He then forced her to look in a mirror and mocked her.
Gross the dropped off Stanley at her parents with with part of her scalp in a plastic bag.
Gross did say that he felt terrible over the attack but then told the judge to get to the sentence.
Often the sentences in these hearings has already been set. However, there are occasions where judges will move up or down the sentence in light of the statement of the defendant. This extraordinary hearing would raise such a risk in such an increase.