A California court has convicted one of three men accused of the armed robbery of Lady Gaga’s dog walker, which resulted in the singer’s dogs being stolen.
The news comes on the same day that one of the three defendants, who was mistakenly released from prison due to a “clerical error” earlier this year, was re-arrested by police.
Last year, Ryan Fischer was shot while walking Lady Gaga’s dogs near Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Two men then attacked him and proceeded to steal the pop star’s two French bulldogs, Gustav and Koji.
In court proceedings, one of the alleged criminals, Jaylin Keyshawn White, faced charges including attempted murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. Although those charges were dropped, White pleaded guilty to the second-degree robbery charge during a court hearing Wednesday (August 3), and received an immediate sentence of four years in state prison.
In court documents, as reported rolling stone Fisherman he spoke to jurors and Judge Richard Kemalyan, expressing the physical and emotional toll he suffered as a result of the attack, which he said caused nerve damage and a collapsed lung. “You left me bleeding and gasping for my life,” said Fischer, “I almost died that night.”
Fischer continued, “Not only did you steal my dogs that night, you stole my livelihood…I’ve lost all my money. I’m in serious credit card debt and I’ve relied on kindness and donations. ” but to survive.”
In 2021, White was arrested along with four others for their alleged involvement in the robbery. In April this year, the also arrested and alleged shooter, James Jackson, was mistakenly released due to an “administrative error”.
In July, police offered a $5,000 (£4,100) reward for information on Jackson’s whereabouts, leading to a second arrest in Palmdale, California on Wednesday (August 3).
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it detained Jackson “without incident” after a raid by sheriff’s deputies and US Marshals, after which he was taken back into custody. According to the Los Angeles Times, Jackson previously pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and assault with a semi-automatic firearm.
Meanwhile, the woman who returned Gaga’s dogs, Jennifer McBride, was also arrested in 2021 on suspicion of being an accessory to the robbery. He had reported that he found the dogs and responded to an email offering a reward for their return, and is charged with receiving stolen property.