The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office announced on Sept. 7 that Joseph Gima, of Eagle Point, entered guilty pleas to one charge of aggravated animal abuse in the first degree and one count of criminal mischief in the second degree in Jackson County Circuit Court on Aug. 29, 2011. Gima was sentenced by Judge Bloom, to serve four months in the Jackson County Jail and to be on two years of supervised probation upon his release.
A Jackson County Grand Jury indicted Gima on Jan. 25, 2011 on one count of aggravated animal abuse in the first degree, one count of animal abuse in the first degree, and one count of criminal mischief in the second degree. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred at the Eagle Point Wal-Mart.
On Jan. 18, 2011, Gima purchased a bb-gun and pellets at the Eagle Point Wal-Mart, loaded the pellet gun in the parking lot, then approached the back of Renee Lewis-Parents truck and shot her dog, Etta, three times. The shooting was completely unprovoked. One of the shots hit Etta directly in her right eye. Etta did not lose her eye as was originally feared, but it no longer functions properly and she is now blind on her right side.