JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - A man that pleaded guilty to animal cruelty may have the charge erased from his record.
Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp says he'll be criticized for granting Dustin Harrell judicial diversion.
Harrell pled guilty to one count of aggravated animal cruelty last year after authorities say he tortured his family's Yorkshire Terrier to death.
The Class E Felony carried up to two years in jail but Harrell asked for it to be erased from his record.
Harrell must comply with all rules of probation for the next 18 months and if he violates any rules, he'll then serve the prison sentence.
If all goes well, the charge will be erased from his record.