LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The morning walk that would be the last of Pamela Devitt’s life was more than just a routine stroll. It was part of the retiree’s effort to keep fit for her golden years with a young grandson. The fitness regimen and the plan to move out of state with her husband to be closer to their son’s family ended tragically when four pit bulls attacked, biting her more than 150 times. On Friday, the dogs’ owner saw his future plans evaporate when he was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court to 15 years to life in prison. The rare second-degree murder conviction in a dog mauling had come because Alex Jackson repeatedly ignored complaints about his dogs from horseback riders, neighbors and a postman. Prosecutors said he was well aware of the danger they posed and did nothing about it. Devitt, 63, hardly stood a chance when the dogs leaped over Jackson’s fence and attacked her in May 2013, on the home stretch of her two-mile walk in the high desert town of Littlerock, about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles. She was unarmed, didn’t have a phone and no one was nearby. By the time help arrived, she had been savaged from head to toe and an arm was severed. She died from blood loss.
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