A teenager who shot dead a police dog after he tried to escape arrest has been jailed for 25 years.
Jhamel Malik Paskel, 19, was also sentenced for kidnapping two woman at gunpoint two years ago.
He received five years for the dog's death and a 20-year sentence for five other charges including armed carjacking and kidnapping.
He will also serve 10 years of probation.
Last week, the defense attorney for Paskel had asked the judge for leniency as he faced up to 35 years behind bars.
According to police, Paskel carjacked two women at a gas station on September 30, 2018, and then made one of them drive as he held her at gunpoint.
The car had an OnStar system, which meant police could track the vehicle to Interstate 10 near Cecil Commerce Parkway, where they had OnStar shut off the engine following a 120-mph chase.
Paskel ran out of the car and took off on foot with K-9 Fang in pursuit. Evidence showed Paskel shot and killed the police dog and continued running into the woods, where he was eventually taken into custody.
Paskel pleaded guilty in December last year to killing the dog called Fang, along with possession of a gun by a juvenile delinquent and aggravated fleeing, according to court records show.
He also pleaded guilty to charges of the armed robbery and kidnapping of two women that preceded a high-speed chase and the dog’s death.
The teen apologised, saying he was "a man ready to take responsibility” for mistakes he made as a child. He was 17 years old at the time, but was charged as an adult.
He said: "I would like to offer my apologies and condolences to Officer Herrera for not only the killing of his K-9 partner Fang, but his best friend.
"I want to apologise to the victims for scaring them that night. And I owe my mother the biggest apology for letting her down."
Recalling the incident, Officer Herrera told News4Jax: "I heard two gunshots back to back followed by a third. In between two and three, I heard Fang yelp, and soon as I came over the embankment, I kind of saw him coming to rest after falling and being shot.
"This animal, I spent more time with than my family. He was with me when I was with my family, but he was also with me when I was not with my family. So, it’s without a doubt, you get a humongous bond with this animal. All handlers feel this way.”
The judge ordered Paskel to pay $8,000 restitution to the Sheriff’s Office, along with $518 in court fees. He must be employed while on probation, which could be reduced to five years with good behavior.
His lawyers had argued for a 15-year sentence with no probation.