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UPDATE: Janas gets maximum sentence


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- The woman convicted of poisoning and stabbing her former boyfriend’s dog will spend some time in prison.

22-year-old Sean Janas was given the maximum possible sentence under Wisconsin law, of three-and-a-half years. That breaks down to one-and-a-half years behind bars and two years extended supervision. Since Janas also had theft crimes in other counties, and a previously dismissed charge being read into this sentence, Janas will also have nine additional months of time behind bars to be served consecutively. Janas has been in jail and gets credit for 447 days already served, meaning she will have to go to the state prison for an additional 183 days. She will also have to serve community service when she gets out of prison.

Janas admitted to heroin use and how it affected her, but Judge Greg Grau referred to Janas’ diary entries showing she hated Mary, the dog that belonged to her ex-boyfriend Steve Quick. The diary also showed how Janas enjoyed torturing and killing the dog and only showed remorse for how it affected Mr Quick.

Deputy District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteone says the heroin use is not a reason for committing these acts.  “There is no justification or excuse for what she did to Mary in this case, and heroin? The tried to use that as justification, and I agree, she was an addict at the time this occurred, but I do not see the connection between the use and what happened to Mary in this case.”

Sean Janas must also undergo counseling, drug treatment, and when she is out of prison, she cannot own, house, or train any animals for five years.

Wetzsteone says she has heard from many people that think her sentence should have been even longer, but sentencing guidelines limit what can be done. She also says Janas needs to take advantage of treatment she will get in prison.  “These acts and her diary statements she made about the pleasures she received from committing these acts, that’s scary, and that she should be scared as well, and I hope that she gets the treatment she needs through this sentence. To make sure there is public protection, I think the court did everything the court could do to ensure that today within the law.”