Federal prosecutors have struck a plea agreement with a man accused of torturing and killing a stolen dog on Colorado National Monument.
Steven Clay Romero, 38, of Grand Junction, is expected to plead guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals, the lone count lodged against him by a federal grand jury earlier this year, according to court filings.
The terms of Romero’s agreement with prosecutors aren’t specified.
Edward Pluss, Romero’s federal public defender, filed notice of the plea agreement Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver. Both sides in the case are expected to meet next week to schedule a plea hearing.
This case did bring national and international attention to the grand valley. Buddy is a prime example of human behavior out of control. Please remember there are hundreds of thousands of animals in this world that human beings domesticated and are now abusing and neglecting who need our help. Best Friends in Utah is an organization doing the right things for the right reasons for all domesticated animals. And please remember, if you want a pet, check your local shelter first. I have found the best pets I've ever had there. They have brought me a life of joy and I could never imagine being without them.