Woman sentenced to 8 years for burglary, killing dog

Thursday, March 7, 2013
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Khadijah K. Hopkins
Khadijah K. Hopkins

— A Troy woman was sentenced to eight years in state prison for burglarizing and setting fire to a home, and killing a caged dog in the process.

Khadijah Hopkins, 26, was sentenced in Albany County Court this morning before Judge Peter Lynch, who also gave her five years of post-release supervision, according to a news release issued today by the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.

On Nov. 15, Hopkins stole several items from an acquaintance’s home in Colonie. But before leaving, officials say she set fire to the house. A dog was locked in a crate in the living room when it happened, and died in the fire.

She pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to two felony charges — one count of second-degree burglary and one count of aggravated cruelty to animals. In court today, she was sentenced to a concurrent two years determinate for the animal cruelty charge.

“Stealing and destroying a person’s property is damaging enough, but taking the life of an innocent pet is unforgivable,” said DA David Soares in the release. “Ms. Hopkins will have eight long years in state prison to think about her actions.”

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Fowler.

Reach Gazette reporter Bethany Bump at 395-3107 or

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March 7, 2013
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