STORY: The shooter of Lady Gaga’s dog walker was given 21 years in prison on Monday.
James Howard Jackson pleaded no contest to attempted murder, after shooting and wounding the dog walker while trying to steal the singer's French bulldogs last year in Hollywood.
That’s the legal equivalent to a guilty plea in California.
As part of a plea deal, Jackson also admitted to inflicting great bodily injury on Ryan Fischer, the man he shot in the chest.
Fischer survived the attack.
In announcing the settlement of the case, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said:
"The plea agreement holds Mr. Jackson accountable for perpetrating a cold-hearted, violent act and provides justice for our victim."
Several other charges against Jackson were dismissed in the plea deal, according to a local news report.
Jackson was one of five suspects arrested in connection with the February 2021 case.
Police at the time said evidence suggested the suspects singled out the bulldogs for the breed’s high value, without knowing their owner’s identity.
Gaga had pleaded on social media then for an "act of kindness" to bring them home and offered half a million dollars in reward.
Two of the dogs, named Koji and Gustav, were dropped off unharmed at a police station two days after the abduction.
While a third escaped at the time and was later found safe by police.
A woman who reported finding the dogs was later charged with being an accessory after the fact.
Prosecutors said her case remained pending on Monday.
Another co-defendant pleaded no contest to a weapons charge and will be sentenced next year.
The remaining two, who pleaded guilty earlier to second degree robbery, were given sentences of four years and six years in prison.