ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The 16-year-old accused of shooting a dog during a home burglary faced a judge Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty.
Sebastian Garcia is accused of killing the dog named “Moose” during a break-in earlier this year. The Albuquerque Police Department says he is one of several teens involved in a gang that’s been linked to crimes around the city.
Last month, a children’s court judge ruled he should stay behind bars on a $30,000 cash only bond. But Wednesday, the judge changed his bond to $50,000 cash or surety. That means Garcia will only have to pay $5,000 to get out of jail.
The homeowners say they’re disappointed.
“He has been convicted for violent crimes in the past and had he been held on those, he wouldn’t have been able to make us victims and my dog would still be here,” said Cristelle Johnson.
Now, even if Garcia bonds out, he must wear an ankle monitor.