Lapeer couple sentenced in dog mauling death of Livonia man

The owners of dogs that killed 46-year-old Craig Sytsma last July was sentenced to four years, nine months up to 15 years in prison Tuesday.
Sebastiano Quagliata and Valbona Lucaj's dogs attacked and mauled the Livonia father who was out for a routine jog July 23, 2014 in a neighborhood near Metamora.
The dog owners showed remorse in court.

"I am so sorry,"  Quagliata said in court to the parents of Sytsma. "This is a tragedy for everybody."
"My thoughts and prayers go to the parents of Craig Sytsma," Lucaj said. 
Systma's parents said they felt for the couple sentenced, but say it was an appropriate punishment. 
"I have nightmares every night," said  Jacque Sytsma, the victim's mother. "The most common dream that I have is I am running to help him and I can't get to him."
The judge said, "This court cannot imagine a death more gruesome than that of Mr. Sytsma's."I am very sorry for the loss."
The couple was originally charged with second degree murder but pleaded no contest in April to woning a dangerous dog causing death. The pair's two Cane Corsos were euthanized. 
Defense attorneys said that the sentence was too harsh.
"We've reviewed other cases in the same situation," said attorney Sanford Schulman. "And they received 36 months of probation and no prison time at all. It is a very unusual sentence."
The couple will pay restitution. Also the couple originally from Italy and Albania, possibly face deportation.
With two previous dog attacks before the last one, Richard Sytsma said in court that the death of his son could have easily been prevented.
"You chose not to properly house the animals," he said. "The end result is the death of our son."
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