WACO (September 18, 2013)--A Waco man was sentenced Wednesday to one year in state jail after he pleaded guilty on Monday to trying to eat his roommate's dog while high on K-2.
Michael Terron Daniel, 22, pleaded guilty to a cruelty to an animal charge on Monday and on Wednesday after about two hours of deliberation a 19th District Court jury decided his punishment.
"The defendant's actions were dangerous and deadly. No animal deserves to be brutally treated the way this defendant treated him," said Assistant District Attorney Chris Bullajian.
The charge to which Daniel pleaded guilty stemmed from a bizarre incident on June 14, 2012, when a man who claimed to be on the synthetic drug K-2 chased a neighbor while barking and growling like a dog and then attacked the dog, which he beat, strangled and then started to eat.
Daniel also was charged with aggravated assault but court records Monday indicate that issue was not a part of the plea deal and was not at issue in the punishment phase of the trial.
The June 14, 2012 incident happened at 4601 Athens in Waco where officers were sent after a caller reported that a man was "going crazy."
The man, who evidently assaulted several people at the home and told them he "was on a bad trip from ingesting K-2, "got down "on his hands and knees and chased a neighbor while barking and growling like a dog," according to witnesses, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said at the time of Daniel's arrest.
The man then took a medium-sized black dog onto the front porch of the home where he beat and strangled the animal and then "began to bite into the dog, ripping pieces of flesh away," Swanton said.
The dog died at the scene.
Officers found Daniel sitting on the porch with blood on his hands, clothing and face, Swanton said.
He was "initially incoherent and unresponsive," Swanton said, and was taken to Providence Health Center by ambulance.
While waiting for paramedics to arrive, Swanton said, Daniel asked officers to fight him or use a stun gun "to help him get off his bad trip," Swanton said.
Officers did neither, Swanton said.
K-2 is a form of synthetic marijuana.
None of the chemicals the herbal product contains is a copy of anything found in cannabis, although the effects can be similar.
Studies suggest synthetic cannabis use is associated with psychosis and the exacerbation of existing psychotic disorders.
Extreme paranoia, hallucinations and violent behavior have also been reported.