Man Who Shot Lady Gaga’s Dog Walker Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison


A California judge has sentenced the man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker in February 2021 to 21 years behind bars.

James Howard Jackson, 20, pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted murder Monday. As part of a plea agreement, Jackson was freed from other charges. BBC reported.

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office reported the attack “a cold-hearted violent act.”

“The plea agreement holds Mr. Jackson accountable for perpetrating a coldhearted violent act and provides justice for our victim,” the DA’s office said in a statement obtained by CNN.

Jackson and several others were driving around Los Angeles looking for bulldogs to take when they came across Ryan Fischer with Lady Gaga’s three French bulldogs on Feb. 24, 2021, according to a criminal complaint. Fischer was attacked by the assailants and then shot. The assailants fled with two of the dogs, Koji and Gustav, while a third dog, Miss Asia, ran away and was later found by police.

Jackson was among the four arrested. Harold White, who pleaded not guilty Monday to the charge of being an exconvict in possess of a firearm, was sentenced next year.  

Two others were also implicated in the incident, and they were sentenced last Year. Jaylin, 20 years old, was sentenced to four year imprisonment after pleading no contest to one charge of second-degree criminal robbery. He acknowledged that a firearm was involved in the incident.   

Lafayette Shon Whaley was sentenced to six-years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree robbery.

According to police, the incident occurred because the dogs were bred and not because their owner was.

Fischer sustained a collapsed lungs and nerve damage when the bullet entered his neck just below and tore into his shoulder blade. Fischer spoke to Inside Edition earlier this year and said he spent time in Lady Gaga’s home during his recovery.

“I’m so grateful for her to open her home up to me in that way and to be so welcoming to all of my family and friends,” Fischer said.

Fischer is still haunted by the trauma he experienced, and his Hollywood stay has been a difficult reminder.

“I would be walking. All of a sudden a tour bus would show up, and they would start talking about my attack,” Fischer told Inside Edition. Fischer said that he was inspired by the film and decided to take the road. “Nomadland,”Which he had seen the night before.

“It was motivation for me to heal, to get well enough to be able to take this journey,” Fischer said. Fischer still loves animals and told Inside Edition at the time that he was continuing to volunteer at animal shelters across the United States.

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