Man Who Killed Chihuahua With Golf Club Avoids Prison Sentence

Larry Edward Jaurequi, 59, killed a six-pound Chihuahua by striking her with a golf club in January.

A Menifee man who clubbed a Chihuahua to death when the dog ran onto his property pleaded guilty today to felony animal cruelty and was immediately sentenced to home detention and three years probation.

Larry Edward Jaurequi, 59, killed the six-pound canine, Lily, by striking her with a golf club in January.

In a plea deal negotiated with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Jaurequi admitted committing an act of animal cruelty and using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. In turn, prosecutors dropped a separate sentence-enhancing weapon allegation.

Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez sentenced Jaurequi to two months home detention, as well as the 36 months probation. The judge also ordered him to pay $2,120 in restitution to Lily's owner, Barbara Hitchman, and to never have contact with her.

According to D.A.'s office spokesman John Hall, the Menifee woman was consulted before prosecutors offering the plea deal to Jaurequi. Had he been convicted by a trial jury, the defendant could have faced up to four years behind bars.

Lily and a poodle mix got loose on the afternoon of Jan. 26 and wandered onto a cul-de-sac in the 28100 block of Summitrose Drive, near High Ridge Circle.

The defendant saw the dog and, with a golf club in hand, positioned himself next to the animal, according to sheriff's Sgt. Sergio Rodriguez.

"Without reason or cause, the male swung the club against the Chihuahua as if driving a golf ball off its tee," the sergeant said earlier. "The force of the swing sent the animal flying through the air. The suspect was preparing for a second swing when he was stopped by people that just witnessed his acts."

Hitchman arrived seconds after the attack and confronted Jaureqi.

"I told him, 'You're insane. You're psycho. You need to be locked away,"' she said in a televised interview. "He said, 'Your dog shouldn't be loose anyway."'

Lily died from catastrophic internal injuries on a veterinarian's table a short time later.

Helen October 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM
A sick and very disturbed human being. PE Enterprise has this statement from a witness posted on the same article this afternoon: [...Sibyl Kirschmer, 69, testified during a preliminary hearing earlier this year that the dogs had been playing in her yard that day. When her 88-year-old husband walked to the mailbox around the corner, she watched as the dogs followed, she said. Kirschmer said her husband was on his way back when Jaurequi crossed the street carrying the golf club. At first, Kirschmer said, she thought he was going to help return the dogs to their owner. Instead, Kirschmer said, Jaurequi took a swing at the poodle. The dog jumped out of the way, she said. He then drew back the club and struck the Chihuahua, launching her several feet in the air, she said. The dog, dazed, made her way to the sidewalk and collapsed, she said. Kirschmer said she heard Jaurequi say the dog shouldn’t have been loose.]
Mary October 29, 2012 at 11:15 PM
stupid pig face.give me a golf club and see how much it would hurt him.How low can you go you dirt-bag.
Mandi Macabre October 30, 2012 at 12:25 AM
How can anyone justify this type of behaviour? Inhumane.
sue m October 30, 2012 at 12:41 AM
this scum-bag has no life., thats why he is bitter. just look at his ugly face. would you crawl in bed with an ugly scum-bag ? ... AND HE HAS NO BALL....WHAT A BIG MAN...WHAT A CATCH...SCUM !
Sally Jones October 30, 2012 at 03:29 AM
The punishment doesn't fit the crime. Home detention, that's no punishment.
Rich October 30, 2012 at 04:02 AM
This Riverside elected lawyer has seen his LAST election. No more DA's like this. The chance of a recall. We will look into it. Horrible representation for this county.
Balance October 30, 2012 at 04:38 AM
This result must not be allowed to stand. What more can be done to appeal this sentence? I, for one, find that the inhumane treatment of animals (and in this case, the intentional, brutal and painful, beating-death-killing of an innocent, domesticated animal) should be (at the least) punishable by imprisonment. The time of imprisonment should match the expected life expectancy of the animal - minimum. This is unacceptable. A chihuahua beaten to death with a golf club? Perhaps his human should experience what this feels like...God help me, I have no mercy.
CC October 30, 2012 at 04:52 AM
This guy may have been an SS thug at a concentration camp in a former life. No death no matter how horrible would be to kind for this POS...
Balance October 30, 2012 at 05:30 AM
The buck stops at the Judge, right?
Balance October 30, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Repugnant POS. I could just spit.
DC October 30, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Isn't this the kind of crime that can lead to killing people next. It seems this may be one of those cases that we may regret even more in the future...What's wrong with our judicial system?
mike smith October 30, 2012 at 07:04 AM
I would be happy to spend sometime on house arrest . just give me one shot with my 9 iron to his nasty mug. Bet you I could knock that grin right in.
censored messenger October 30, 2012 at 02:37 PM
1. Yap dogs are not humans. They are animals engineered by humans. There are a plethora of them, They are easily and cheaply replaced 2. He did not kill a human. 3. You people want to torture and maim this man? You are much sicker than he is
Scott T October 30, 2012 at 03:00 PM
He took a life and the DA turns their back on justice. I will not vote for them again and if there is a recall I be first in line.
mike smith October 30, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Eye for an eye or, mouth for a mouth. I happen to like dogs better then most people. Let's see I'm quite sure I never said I wanted to kill him. Typical comment by censored mess. Reading what ever you want into someones post.
The Teller of Truth October 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
@Mike, after a while you get to know who the 'pot stirrers' are & just ignore them.
The Teller of Truth October 30, 2012 at 07:14 PM
If the victim (dog owner) was consulted first about this plea deal, then she had to ok it, right? I'd like to ask her why she accepted this plea instead of going to trial? Once convicted, this killer would have gotten 4 years in prison. That is more of a fair & just punishment that being confinded to his own house for 2 months. I have to wonder if the $2120 influenced her descision? Would that be off the table if she continued this lawsuit? Was that incentive to take this plea deal? Hmmm????
mike smith October 30, 2012 at 09:36 PM
@Truth, You may be onto something with the $.
censored messenger October 30, 2012 at 09:40 PM
You would quite obviously kill Mr.Jauregui by doing that, and only a sociopath would be happy to do that to stranger. Get some help, Mike..you seem vexed.
censored messenger October 30, 2012 at 09:42 PM
That Bible quotation refers to humans, not someone's pet. Speaking of reading........?
censored messenger October 30, 2012 at 09:43 PM
He took a chihuahua's life. It is not a human. You realize this, don't you?
Constant Comment October 30, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I can't put a price on any of my pets. Now my wife......thats another story! She has kept all the receipts from every penny she's spent! }~)
censored messenger October 30, 2012 at 09:53 PM
It's all about the money. She (Hitchman) accepted $2120 because she found out that the courts place little value on these pets, other than the purchase price of the mutt. She knew she wouldn't get a dime with a lawsuit....so much for taking his house..
tom October 31, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Calif law considers pets as property...property crime.
KevWild October 31, 2012 at 07:12 PM
: Hopefully he will violate his probation and see some prison time. And it's nice to know the location of the crime (indicated in the above article): "....cul-de-sac in the 28100 block of Summitrose Drive, near High Ridge Circle."
censored messenger October 31, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Moral of the story? Keep your dogs on your property, obey the law.... Had she cared to do this, there would be no incident...
Julie Franklin December 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM
he should be in prison. THIS WAS A SMALL DOG so he couldnt say he feared for his life and acted in self defence....and then to hit again when dog was laying on the ground. If I was the owner I would have insisted on trial by jury to get him to jail.
Julie Franklin December 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM
....some dogs escape by accident so cant blame owner! outrageous
Alek J Hidell December 31, 2012 at 02:08 PM
true, Julie, my neighbor's pit bulls escape by accident so can't blame owner! outrageous
Wiley January 13, 2013 at 07:46 AM
As a former school administrator, is he still collecting a pension from the state of California? There should be a law against felons collecting state money.


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