Sherburne County releases Anthony Sather from jail

The man convicted of beating and killing his girlfriend’s pet dog in late 2014 was released from jail Sept. 4. Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen Heaney confirmed Anthony Sather’s release, noting a state law that enables credit for “good time” served.

Heaney explained that it’s generally called the “good time” law and basically states that if a person follows all the sentencing guidelines they’re eligible for early release.

She said, for example, “If you’re sentenced to 12 days, and you serve eight without issue, you get credit for four.”

Sather, a resident of Baldwin Township at the time of the incident, was arrested in January for a level-three felony animal torture/cruelty charge, felony drug charges and a probation revocation after video evidence was discovered that he brutally beat and fatally shot his girlfriend’s husky-mix dog named Draco. Police found drugs and a gun when they searched his residence.

Sather, 24, pleaded guilty to felony charges June 4 and was sentenced Aug. 17 to serve 140 more days in jail plus follow a list of conditions upon release. Those include being on probation for 10 years, successfully completing a treatment program within 30 days of release, undergoing an additional chemical-dependency evaluation and psychological evaluation within 30 days of his release and following all the recommendations from the evaluations.

He may have no contact with the victim or her family and must remain at least one mile away from the victim’s residence. He may not have or reside at a home where there are pets or other animals and must be subject to compliance checks by an animal-control officer. He may not use, own or have access to firearms, ammunition or explosives or reside in a place where those items are kept.

Sather may not use or possess video-recording equipment. He must not use alcohol or any kind of controlled substance and will be subject to random testing at his own expense. He must submit a DNA sample and may not leave the state or the United States. He must also pay $382 in restitution, $150 in fines and some administrative costs.