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McGruff The Crime Dog Gets 16 Years In Prison

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An actor who has portrayed McGruff the Crime Dog in public appearances has been sentenced to 16 years in prison in Texas:

GALVESTON, Texas – John Morales, the actor who played the crime-fighting cartoon character McGruff the Crime Dog, was sentenced to 16 years in prison stemming from a 2011 arrest in which police seized 1,000 marijuana plants, 27 weapons – including a grenade launcher – and 9,000 rounds of ammunition from his home, reports CBS Houston.

The sentence was handed down Thursday, just three days after the 41-year-old former actor pleaded guilty.

Morales insisted during the sentencing hearing that he was nonviolent, but U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore said, “Everything I read about you makes you seem like a scary person,” reports the station.

Well, the idea of a nearly 6 foot tall dog who walks on two legs and wears a trench coat is kind of scary when you think of it.

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  1. LAgraves says:

    UGH. WHY did the press have to “out” the fact that he was The Crime Dog???

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  2. ernieyball says:

    Give the poor dog a bong…

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  3. al-Ameda says:

    27 weapons – including a grenade launcher – and 9,000 rounds of ammunition from his home,

    reports CBS Houston.

    Morales insisted during the sentencing hearing that he was nonviolent

    Isn’t the NRA going support an appeal here?

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  4. Tyrell says:

    Just where does a person get a grenade launcher or was this a homemade device?

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  5. ernieyball says:

    @Tyrell:You’re kidding aren’t you!?!

    https://www.google.com/#q=grenade+launcher+for+sale&tbs=qdr:y

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  6. rudderpedals says:

    One toke over the line sweet Jesus and bam lost a good 2nd amendment martyr,

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  7. PJ says:

    @ernieyball:

    @Tyrell:You’re kidding aren’t you!?!

    https://www.google.com/#q=grenade+launcher+for+sale&tbs=qdr:y

    Warning.
    NSA link bait.
    DO NOT CLICK.
    ;)

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  8. ernieyball says:
  9. al-Ameda says:

    @Tyrell:

    Just where does a person get a grenade launcher or was this a homemade device?

    WalMart?

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  10. rudderpedals says:

    Crime dog gets busted

    That’s ruff. Rruff rurururururururufff

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  11. @Tyrell:

    Just where does a person get a grenade launcher or was this a homemade device?

    Notice how the article mentions him having a grenade launcher, but doesn’t mention him having had any actual grenades to go with it? The “grenade launcher” was probably an ordinary flare gun. Since the only difference between the two is the ammunition used, claiming someone’s flare gun is a grenade launcher is a common way of piling on charges for federal prosecutors.

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  12. bill says:

    @al-Ameda: not yet, they do have hollow points though!

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  13. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Why do they mention the guns? It’s the pot that is illegal.

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