Nevada man who tortured and killed dogs has been denied early release

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man who served less than a third of his maximum 28-year prison sentence for killing and torturing dogs has been denied early release.

The state parole board announced Monday that it had denied Jason Brown’s application for early release in April after authorities determined he had been wrongly classified as a violent offender.

Brown has not contested the 2015 murder and dismemberment of seven dogs he took off Craigslist in the Reno area.

Authorities told the council that Brown still posed a risk to the community, while Brown said prison gave him “a place to heal” and that he worked to rehabilitate.

The board received more than 2,000 comments opposing his release, the state Department of Public Safety said.

Brown was arrested in 2014 after police found four dog heads in a mini-fridge in his motel room in Reno. He said he didn’t remember anything because he had taken drugs.

Corrections officials initially said he would not be eligible for parole until 2025, but confirmed in March that this was incorrect because crimes in Nevada can only be classified as violent if the victim is human.

Brown’s reclassification as a nonviolent offender made him eligible for earlier consideration based on good behavior and other credits.

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