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Man who shot Lady Gaga's dog walker sentenced to 21 years in prison

The man who shot Lady Gaga's dog walker last year in Los Angeles was sentenced to 21 years in prison. File photo by Steve Ferdman/UPI
The man who shot Lady Gaga's dog walker last year in Los Angeles was sentenced to 21 years in prison. File photo by Steve Ferdman/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The man who shot Lady Gaga's dog walker and stole her two French bulldogs was sentenced Monday to 21 years in prison, according to prosecutors.

James Howard Jackson, who was the triggerman in the shooting, pleaded no contest to one count of attempted murder. Jackson, 20, was one of five people involved in the robbery last year in Los Angeles.

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Prosecutors said Jackson admitted to causing "great bodily harm" to the singer's dog walker, Ryan Fischer, who was shot in the chest on Feb. 24, 2021, in Hollywood.

"The plea agreement holds Mr. Jackson accountable for perpetrating a cold-hearted violent act and provides justice to our victim," the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

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Fischer was in court on Monday and forgave the shooter.

"You shot me and left me to die, and both of our lives have changed forever," Fischer told Jackson, according to the Rolling Stone. "I do forgive you. With the attack, you completely altered my life. I know I can't completely move on from the night you shot me until I said those words to you."

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The singer's two bulldogs, named Koji and Gustav, were found a week after the shooting.

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In April, Jackson was mistakenly released from jail due to a "clerical error," according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He was recaptured in August.

Jackson is one of five people charged in the attack, including two who were charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Harold White pleaded no contest to one count of an ex-convict in possession of a gun, according to the district attorney's office.

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Jaylin White was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this year after he pleaded no contest to second-degree robbery.

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