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Jacob Smith, a former Los Alamos restaurateur and former Santa Fe Realtor, pleaded guilty Monday in Santa Fe District Court to two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
Smith was picked up in the Austin, Texas area back in February on a district court warrant and eventually was extradited back to New Mexico.
Smith was given credit for 30 days spent in jail and was ordered to serve two years of probation in Texas, as well as 20 hours of community service and a $500 fine.
Assistant Santa Fe district attorney Jenna Yanez said, “he essentially pled guilty to the charges and it was the best result we could have hoped for.”
Smith was represented by public defender Ethan Nissani. Nissani said his client accepted the plea deal and there was not much else he could say about the case.
In November of 2012, the decomposed bodies of two dogs were taken from Smith’s Santa Fe apartment. Santa Fe police said the two dogs apparently died of starvation and police said there was no food or water that could be reached by the animals.
After the incident, Smith fled the area and was nowhere to be found.
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