Justice for Jethro: Police Dog's Killer Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison

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Justice has been met for one of the Canton, Ohio Police Department's fallen K-9 officers.

Three-year-old German Shepherd, Jethro, a Canton PD K-9, sustained fatal gunshot wounds in the line of duty in January of 2016.

Kelontre Barefield, 23, shot the police dog multiple times when the K-9 officer and his human partner, Officer Ryan Davis, responded to a burglary at a grocery store. Jethro later died from the multiple gunshot wounds he received.

A spokeswoman for the Stark County Clerk of Courts told ABC News that Barefield has since received a 45-year prison sentence for charges attached to Jethro's death and unrelated robbery charges from a different case.

Three-year old K-9 officer Jethro died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Officer Davis and Jethro had been partners since the latter was just an 8-week-old pup.

Devastated by Jethro's untimely death, Officer Davis has since received some 2,000 condolence letters according to Officer Eric Stanbro, head trainer of the Canton PD's K-9 unit.

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One of those letters, complete with a donation, came from 11-year-old Allison.

"I sorry about Jethro. So here is my allowance for the bulletproof vests. God bless you and the dogs," she wrote.

Police dogs are put in the line of duty every day and departments all over the country are doing what they can to protect the loyal K-9s. Many now wear bulletproof vests to protect them when they are on duty.

All photos courtesy of the Canton Police Department via ABC News.

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Justice for Jethro: Police Dog's Killer Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison