Missouri man agrees to plea deal, avoids prison, after dogs mauled elderly bicyclist to death | KMOV

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A southwest Missouri man who was accused of letting his dogs run free before the fatal 2015 mauling of an elderly bicyclist has agreed to a plea deal that will keep him out of prison.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 38-year-old Joseph Brink, of rural Rogersville, was sentenced Thursday to two years of unsupervised probation after entering an Alford plea to third-degree assault. . . .

Brink gave away two of their four boxers to unsuspecting owners before investigators matched DNA from one of the dogs to saliva found on Vogt's clothing. . . .

Brink and his wife previously settled a civil lawsuit with Vogt's family for $300,000.