Melissa Wolke: How Kentucky woman gets 20 years for siccing pit bull on man, killing him

A Kentucky woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday after admitting to ordering her pit bull to attack a man, resulting in his death.

Melissa Wolke, 40, of Conway, pleaded guilty in October to the murder of Donald Abner, 55, on Jan. 10, 2020. Authorities testified that Wolke’s neighbor saw her assaulting Abner at her home while saying to her pit bull, “Good boy, get him,” and called the cops, according to WKYT.

The neighbor allegedly captured part of the attack on video, which they later deleted because it made them “sick to watch.”

Melissa Wolke: How Kentucky woman gets 20 years for siccing pit bull on man, killing him

Wolke had to be tased to get her off Abner, WTVQ said at the time. She also refused to call off the pit bull, a former fighting dog named Denali, even after police arrived.

Police later said the animal was so aggressive, they were forced to shoot him on-site.

“The way I look at it, she used her animal, a pit bull, as a weapon to help her in this altercation,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Scottie Pennington told WKYT.

Melissa Wolke: How Kentucky woman gets 20 years for siccing pit bull on man, killing him

Wolke was distraught and sobbing after the attack, according to State Police Detective Ryan Loudermilk, who testified shortly after the incident. “Oh my God, I went’redneck’ on him,” she allegedly exclaimed.

She later admitted to detectives that, while she couldn’t recall the fight, she had a history of binge drinking. The only alcoholic beverage discovered at the scene was an empty bottle of Jagermeister.

Melissa Wolke: How Kentucky woman gets 20 years for siccing pit bull on man, killing him

Abner allegedly lived with Wolke for about three months prior to the attack. Wolke confirmed to investigators that they had been friends for about two decades.

Although the Rockcastle County coroner reported bite wounds on Abner’s neck and face, his official cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation. He’d also fractured a bone in his neck.

source:nsemwokrom.com