Jurors deliberated nearly three hours Wednesday before convicting Kirk Locher on charges of aggravated cruelty and reckless discharge of a firearm.
Prosecutors said Locher had been drinking heavily before he shot the dog, named Breeze, in his kitchen as it laid a few feet away from his wife. Police later found Breeze in a garbage can, the Daily Herald reported.
During closing arguments Wednesday afternoon, Locher’s attorney argued that the shooting was a legal euthanasia, according to the Northwest Herald.
Locher and his attorney declined to comment as he left the McHenry County courthouse after the verdict.
He faces a maximum sentence of one to three years in prison, or probation, when he is sentenced Aug. 25.