Man convicted in death of puppy thrown out of window

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A Springfield man accused of killing a puppy by throwing it out of a third-floor window has pleaded guilty.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 24-year-old William Rabourn pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary, stealing an animal and animal abuse.

Prosecutors say Rabourn broke into the apartment of a woman who had broken up with him on June 21. According to authorities, a witness saw Rabourn break into the apartment, take the 8-month-old Maltese-poodle mix that belonged to the woman and throw the puppy out of a window before running away.

Prosecutors say the woman had rebuffed unwanted advances from Rabourn that night when they were on a party bus.

Rabourn is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 22.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader

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