There is a truly horrific crime in North Carolina. Former Spc. Marinna Rollins, 23, and Spc. Jarren Heng, 25, were charged this week with shooting Rollins’ PTSD service dog on videotape as they laughed. After tying Rollins’ therapy animal (a pit bull named Cam), the two giggle and laugh as Rollins shoot Cam five times.
Rollins adopted Cam or Cami in 2016 from the Cumberland County Animal Shelter to work as her therapy.
On the video, Heng asks for the pleasure of shooting Cam. They film the shooting and the burial as they record what a great time they are having.
In April, Rollins began posting on Facebook for a new home for Cam. She reportedly felt the dog was too expensive. One of her friends saw the videotape and posted it.
Rollins is a former multimedia illustrator who left the Army last January. Heng is assigned to a unit within Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg. Heng was due to be sent to Korea and Rollins had the dog certified as an emotional support animal for post-traumatic stress.
They are both charged with cruelty to animals and conspiracy. Bail was set at $25,000.
What do you think the appropriate sentence should be if they are found guilty, which seems quite likely given the videotape.