Road rage man convicted on separate charges |

Road rage man convicted on separate charges

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The man who threw a fluffy little dog to its death in a case of road rage was convicted Monday of stealing valuable tools from his telephone repair van and pushing the vehicle over an ocean cliff in an attempt to cover it up.

A jury took about an hour to convict Andrew Burnett, 28, of theft, vandalism and lying to police, charges that could bring more than two years in prison at sentencing Sept. 21.

Burnett already has been sentenced to three years behind bars for the death of Leo, a bichon frise whose Incline Village owner had tapped Burnett’s bumper in rainy-day traffic near the San Jose airport in February 2000. The case generated worldwide outrage among animal lovers.

Prosecutor Troy Benson said Burnett was about to be evicted from his apartment at the time, and wanted to sell the tools to finance a new start with his girlfriend, now his fiancee, in Carson City.

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