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Man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker gets 21 years in prison

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LOS ANGELES– The man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker and stole her French dogs last year has reached a plea deal and was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday, officials said.

The Lady Gaga connection was coincidental, authorities said. The motive was the value of French bulldogs, a breed that can cost thousands of dollars, and detectives don’t believe the thieves knew the dogs belonged to the musician.

James Howard Jackson, one of three men and two accomplices who participated in the robbery, did not contest one count of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Jackson and others scoured Hollywood, the city of West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley on Feb. 24, 2021, “looking for French bulldogs,” prosecutors previously said. They found Lady Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, with the pop star’s three pets.

Jackson shot Fischer during the robbery.

Jackson also admitted to the allegation of inflicting serious bodily harm and previously punching, the prosecutor’s office said. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

“The plea agreement holds Mr. Jackson accountable for perpetrating a violent and callous act and brings justice to our victim,” the office said in a statement.

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