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Mason — A judge has issued a warrant for a Lansing man convicted of animal torture who left a courthouse before his sentencing hearing.

The Lansing State Journal reports 34-year-old Benjamin Conley was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Ingham County. His attorney says she met with Conley outside of the courtroom before the hearing. He had been free on bond.

Jail officials say Conley wasn’t in custody late Wednesday. He is also charged with conspiracy to commit animal torture.

His younger brother, Nicholas Conley, was sentenced to up to a year in jail for the same charges before the older man was called to the stand.

They were found guilty of stabbing a pit bull and hanging it from the roof of a house after they say it bit Benjamin Conley’s teenage son.

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