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WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Wausau woman accused of torturing, poisoning and killing her boyfriend's dog and writing about it in her diary has been ordered to spend just more than a year in prison.

Sean Janas, 22, was filled with tears in a Marathon County courtroom Monday. She was sentenced to 27 months in prison and given credit for 447 days she has already spent in jail.

"I'm so unbelievably sorry for all the pain that I've caused," said Janas. “This isn't how I expected my life to turn out and this isn't the person I want to be, and I'm completely sorry for all of this."

Janas pleaded guilty to mistreating and poisoning an animal in a plea bargain. Prosecutors say Janas kept a diary about torturing her boyfriend's dog and her intense hatred for it. They say Janas poured Drano and bleach down the dog's throat and stabbed it with a knife.

"These acts and her diary and the statements she made about the pleasures she received for committing these acts, that's scary," said Theresa Wetzsteon, the deputy district attorney of Marathon County.

Janas told the judge that her heroin abuse led her to abuse the dog.

"I can't explain what it's like being on that drug, it takes over everything,” said Janas. “I didn't care if I had a place to live or food. I just wanted to be high."

Janas' attorney says drugs played a big role in this crime. But he also said he read the diary and realizes the dog was abused.

"What she said didn't bear proof in what was being looked at when the dog was seeing the veterinarian,” said John Wallace, the defense attorney. “But I think the dog was severely neglected."

Her case drew hundreds of people to a courthouse protest more than a year ago.

"There was actually a public outcry that we received in our office, like you need to get life in prison, you need to get as long as possible," said Wetzsteon.

Prosecutors say this case is a step toward advocating for animal rights, but there's more that can be done.

After Janas is released from prison, she must serve two and a half years on supervision. She also cannot own an animal for five years.
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