Lady Gaga dog kidnapper receives a four-year jail sentence.
After confessing to his involvement in the heist, a second guy accused of stealing Lady Gaga’s dogs during the incident in which her dog walker was shot was jailed on Thursday. Lafayette Shon Whaley, now 28 years old, was sentenced to six years in prison for second-degree robbery in connection with the theft of Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs.
Whaley was a member of the group that shot Ryan Fischer in Hollywood in February 2021 as Fischer was exercising the three prized animals. Fischer was attacked and received chest injuries; one month later, he revealed on Instagram that he had collapsed a lung.
The Poker Face singer offered a $500,000 reward for the safe return of two of the three puppies after they were stolen.
Whaley was sentenced a week after co-conspirator Jaylin Keyshawn was imprisoned and after James Howard Jackson, the alleged shooter was apprehended. He had been freed due to a “clerical error,” according to the authorities.
Jackson is accused of attempted murder, robbery in the second degree, planning to commit robbery, assault with a semiautomatic weapon, and having a concealed weapon in a moving vehicle while a felon.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the woman who police claim turned in the dogs in exchange for the reward provided by Lady Gaga, has been charged with receiving stolen property and being an accomplice after the fact.
At the time, Los Angeles police stated that they did not think the dogs’ owners were the reason they were targeted, but rather the breed’s popularity on the illicit market.
French bulldogs are small, sociable dogs that are not known for having huge litters.
Since they are rather rare and are linked to celebrities like Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Jackman, Chrissy Teigen, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Madonna, they have more cachet and can fetch high prices.