Illinois judge convicts woman in 2 dogs’ starvation deaths

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois judge has convicted a former Pekin woman of intentionally depriving two dogs of food and water until they died. The Pekin Daily Times reports that 43-year-old Regina Robards was found guilty Tuesday of the felony charges of aggravated cruelty to a companion animal. She faces up to three years in prison when she’s sentenced Oct. 29. The case started in November when her landlords found the dogs’ emaciated remains. Robards’ defense attorney Maureen Williams told Tazewell County Judge Paul Gilfillan that Robards wasn’t pleading guilty. But Williams didn’t present a defense. Robards remains free on bond.