On Monday, James Howard Jackson who shot and injured Lady Gaga‘s dog walker while stealing her French bulldogs last year accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Man sentenced to 21 years in prison for shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker
According to authorities, the guy who last year stole Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs while shooting and injuring her dog walker accepted a plea agreement and was given a 21-year jail term on Monday. According to investigators, the Lady Gaga link was a coincidence. Detectives don’t think the burglars were aware the dogs belonged to the singer; instead, they suspect they were motivated by the French bulldogs’ high value as a breed, which can reach thousands of dollars.
The pop star’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was seriously wounded in the attack and addressed the court Monday to give an impact statement, which he posted on Instagram.
Prosecutors earlier said that on February 24, 2021, Jackson and two other individuals were “searching for French bulldogs” while they drove across Hollywood, West Hollywood, and the San Fernando Valley. Fischer was discovered with the pop star’s three animals.
James Howard Jackson shot Fischer during the famous Sunset Boulevard heist, which also included the theft of two dogs.
The dog walker’s screams were captured on a doorbell camera nearby
“Dear God! I’ve been shot, help me, and my chest is bleeding profusely!” In subsequent social media postings, Fischer described the violence as a “very near encounter with death.” He stated he is still recovering physically and psychologically after the gunshot in his statement on Monday.
He still has to go through physical rehabilitation, and a portion of his lung has to be removed. Jackson and the other attackers were specifically mentioned by name by Fischer in the message, and he expressed his forgiveness to each of them.
“I know I can’t really go-ahead from the night you shot me until I say those words to you. You dramatically transformed my life.”
A few days later, Jennifer McBride, who was also charged with the crime, gave the stolen dogs back. When the dogs went missing, the pop artist offered a $500,000 prize “no questions asked” to be reunited with them.
According to the DA’s office, Jackson also acknowledged a previous strike and the charge of causing severe bodily harm. What the preceding strike was was not immediately disclosed by the prosecutor’s office.
The office issued a statement saying,
“The plea deal holds Mr. Jackson responsible for committing a cold-blooded violent crime and offers justice for our victim.”
Howard was accused of attempting to kill someone planning a robbery, and assault with a semiautomatic weapon.
James Howard Jackson was unintentionally freed from prison earlier this year as a result of a typing mistake.
He was approx. five months later found. Harold White, a second conspirator, entered a not-guilty plea on Monday to the charge of having a pistol as an ex-offender. White, who at the time was dating McBride, would be jailed the following year. The McBride case is still pending. After the incident, the couple reportedly made an effort to prevent White’s son Jaylin White from being arrested. Earlier this year, Jaylin White and Lafayette Whaley entered a no-contest plea to robbery.
Last year, when Jackson and the younger White were looking for expensive pets, Whaley drove them about. Prosecutors had earlier claimed that Jackson and White had leaped out and assaulted Fischer.
When the dog walker was being attacked and suffocated, Jackson produced a semiautomatic weapon and fired, hitting Fischer once before the others left.