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DA: Saratoga Springs man convicted in dog's hammer death

DA: Saratoga Springs man convicted in dog's hammer death

The Saratoga County jury convicted him this week
DA: Saratoga Springs man convicted in dog's hammer death
Aaron Brinkley
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BALLSTON SPA - A Saratoga Springs man has been convicted of the hammer killing a Boston terrier a year ago, prosecutors said this week.

Aaron Brinkley, 31, was found guilty Monday of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, after a week-long trial n Saratoga County Court.

Brinkley was accused of hitting the dog with the hammer and kicking it, causing its death early on Oct. 6 in Saratoga Springs, police said previously.

Police were alerted to the incident after the man sought treatment for a dog bite. Comments made by Brinkley led police to start an investigation as to the dog's welfare, they said.

Officers went to Brinkley's home and discovered the dog, named Riko, dead on the back deck. Police described the dog as 1 to 2 years old. Brinkley owned the dog.

Prosecutors used Brinkley's own statements to law enforcement and physical evidence collected at the scene, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said.

"We are pleased that the jury held the defendant accountable for this especially depraved conduct," Heggen said in a statement.

Brinkley now faces up to two years in jail at his November sentencing. 

Assistant District Attorney Katherine DeMartino prosecuted with the assistance of ADA Patrick Campion. The Saratoga Springs Police Department investigated.

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