EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Evansville man convicted of threatening a woman who stopped his truck after it had dragged a dog more than 5 miles to its death is free after already serving his sentence.

A Vanderburgh Circuit Court magistrate sentenced 24-year-old Brandyn Cox to 172 days in jail Wednesday after a jury in July found him guilty of misdemeanor attempting to interfere with reporting a crime. With credit for 86 days spent in jail, the sentence amounted to time served, and Cox was freed, the Evansville Courier & Press reported (http://bit.ly/2c4Zz3x ).

Other that the interference conviction, the jury acquitted Cox of animal cruelty and other charges related to the May incident.

The woman told Vanderburgh County sheriff’s deputies that she honked at Cox and cut him off while his truck dragged the dog. She said Cox got out of his truck and threatened to kill her after she told him about the dog and began taking photographs. She said Cox threatened her before untying the dog and driving away.

Photographs of the truck’s license plate and of Cox’s arm, which has a distinctive tattoo, helped deputies identify him, court records said.

Cox’s attorney, John Brinson, has said his client was unaware the Great Dane mix named Hank was being dragged behind the truck.

Authorities have said the dog had been tied to the rear bumper of Cox’s pickup by another man after the animal urinated and defecated inside his mobile home. The dog belonged to a third man.


Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com