Columbia, SC -- A man has been sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine after setting a dog on fire in 2016.

In November of 2016, Hykeem Donravious Golson was arrested setting a ten week old pit bull on fire in the parking lot of Grace United Methodist Church on Harbison Boulevard. The puppy did not survive his injuries.

Golson admitted to the crime during an investigation by Richland County Sheriff's Department where he stated that he was sorry that "the dog did not light the first time."

Golson was sentenced on Tuesday afternoon in Richland County's Fifth Judicial Circuit.

“While an innocent life was lost in the most horrific manner, justice was delivered. We must continue to fight the fight and hold people accountable for these crimes,” says Denise Wilkinson, CEO of Pawmetto Lifeline.

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