MOUNT VERNON — A 10-year-old girl testified in Mount Vernon Municipal Court that she was within three feet of her dog when it was shot and killed by a neighbor.

The girl testified in a bench trial Wednesday in which Nicholas Painter, 24, Mount Vernon, was convicted of one count of discharging firearms in city limits, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Painter was sentenced by Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher to three days in jail, a $200 fine and two years probation. Thatcher ordered the firearm used in the shooting, a .22 caliber pistol, be forfeited.

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