Bridge Jumper Who Killed K9 Learns Fate

A man who killed a police dog by jumping off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge with the animal has been sentenced to nearly four years in state prison.

Cory Byron pleaded guilty last September to one count each of felony evading and driving under the influence. He also entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor charge of harming a service animal.

He was arrested after leading Oceanside police on a drunken chase on New Year's Eve 2007. Police say the 27-year-old threw himself head-first off the bridge, with the dog holding onto his arm with its teeth. Byron was rescued, but the dog was killed.

California Highway Patrol officers say Byron's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit after his arrest.

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