Man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker sentenced to 21 years in prison

Man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker sentenced to 21 years in prison

James Howard Jackson. He pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.

The man who shot and wounded Lady Gaga‘s dog walker and stole her French bulldogs last year was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday.

James Howard Jackson, one among five people involved in the robbery, and its aftermath, accepted a plea bargain and pleaded not guilty to one count each of attempted murder. Harold White, another accomplice, pleaded not guilty to one count ex-convicte in possession of gun. White will be sentenced in the next year. The plea agreement holds Mr. Jackson responsible for perpetrating a coldhearted, violent act and provides justice to our victim,” the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated in a statement obtained by EW.

Gaga’s representatives didn’t respond to EW’s request to comment on the sentencing.

Lady Gaga; James Howard Jackson

Lady Gaga; James Howard Jackson

| Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty; Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Authorities have said that Jackson and two accomplices in the robbery were unaware of the dogs’ connection to Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, and that the motive behind the February 2021 attack was the value of the French bulldogs; the breeds can run up to thousands of dollars, detectives said.

According to prosecutors, Jackson and two men drove around Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley on Feb. 24 when they spotted Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, with three of her pups. Jackson shot Fischer and ran off with two of his dogs. At the time, the pop star offered a a $500,000 reward for the dogs’ return and praised the heroism of Fischer, who has since recovered from his injuries. She said, “You risked everything to protect our family.” “You will always be remembered as a hero. “

As for Fischer, he has said Gaga was “very supportive” during his recovery. “She’s helped me so much,” he told CBS This Morning in September. “She’s been a friend to me. My family was evacuated and trauma therapists were flown to me after I was attacked. I stayed at her home for several months, while my family comforted and security was around.

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