Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL awarded the Navy Cross for heroism in 2006 after he was the only member of his team to survive a 2005 fight with the Taliban in Afghanistan, now has some added closure.
To help him heal from the trauma Luttrell experienced in the firefight that left 19 of his brothers in arms dead, Luttrell was given a Labrador retriever. Three years ago, his service dog, DASY (an acronym of the initials of Luttrell’s slain team members) was murdered.
Late last week the two Huntsville, TX men accused of killing DASY were found guilty of killing the war hero’s dog.
Stars and Stripes reported that Alfonso Hernandez was convicted of cruelty to non-livestock animals. Hernandez’s companion, Michael Edmonds, pleaded guilty to the same charges and admitted that he was the one who pulled the trigger.
According to testimony reported by the Huntsville Item, Luttrell heard the shots and, after checking on his mother, chased the perpetrators, who admitted to further beating DASY with a baseball bat.
“I saw my dog in a ditch and two men standing outside the car,” Luttrell said. “I could hear them laughing.”
The men are scheduled to be sentenced in February.
According to the Huntsville Item, the charge carries a sentence of up to two years in a state facility and a $10,000 fine.