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Man sentenced in dog attack deaths

The judge handed down sentence during a hearing in court this morning.

Posted: Mar. 8, 2018 2:02 PM
Updated: Mar. 8, 2018 2:02 PM

ASHLAND, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Benton County man is heading to prison after being found guilty of the deaths of two people attacked by his dogs.

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Eric Hodges, 35, of Lamar, was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter by a jury following a trial in Ashland last month.

Hodges was on trial in the 2014 deaths of David Glass and Derrick Sanders.

Investigators say both men were killed by dogs owned by Hodges, who turned them loose to roam at night.

Sanders was killed on July 4 and Glass the following September within 80 yards of Hodges' property.

The dogs were located and euthanized.

The judge handed down a 20 year sentence with five years suspended on each count and ordered him to serve them concurrently.

This means he will serve 15 years in prison.

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