Homicide

Pit bull owner faces stiff sentence in mauling death of California woman during morning stroll

FILE - This Feb. 28, 2011, file photo shows the late Pamela Devitt in her California Department of Motor Vehicles license photo. Devitt , 63, was attacked Thursday, May 9, 2013, while jogging and mauled to death by four pit bulls in the high desert neighborhood of Littlerock in Palmdale, Calif. Alex Jackson, the dogs' owner was convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Devitt. Jackson was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court to 15 years to life in prison Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Department of Motor Vehicles, File)

FILE - This Feb. 28, 2011, file photo shows the late Pamela Devitt in her California Department of Motor Vehicles license photo. Devitt , 63, was attacked Thursday, May 9, 2013, while jogging and mauled to death by four pit bulls in the high desert neighborhood of Littlerock in Palmdale, Calif. Alex Jackson, the dogs' owner was convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Devitt. Jackson was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court to 15 years to life in prison Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Department of Motor Vehicles, File)  (The Associated Press)

A pit bull owner whose dogs fatally mauled a woman walking near his house faces a sentence of up to life in prison.

Alex Donald Jackson goes before a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday after his second-degree murder conviction.

Prosecutors are seeking 24 years to life in prison for last year's killing of Pamela Devitt in the high desert town of Littlerock and other drug-related convictions.

Devitt was taking a morning stroll when four of Jackson's dogs leaped over a fence and attacked her.

Prosecutors say the dogs guarded Jackson's marijuana-growing operation and he knew the animals were dangerous.

A murder conviction in a dog mauling death is rare. Prosecutors say Jackson should have done more to restrain the animals.