Dog's Owner Sentenced

Owner of dog that killed woman sentenced to six months.

The owner of a Rottweiler that fatally mauled a Columbus woman and injured another has been sentenced to six months in jail and fined five-thousand dollars. Doctor Matthew Crawley was sentenced yesterday in Franklin County Municipal Court after pleading guilty to assault and involuntary manslaughter under a plea-bargain agreement. In exchange, prosecutors dropped counts of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide. Police identified the dog through animal DNA from saliva taken from the dead woman's clothing. The attacks on the women, 54-year-old Vivian Anthony, who was killed, and 46-year-old Rose Vaughn, in February of 2003 occurred less than a half-mile from Crawley's home. Doctors cannot practice medicine in Ohio with a felony conviction. But Crawley's lawyer said he will petition the State Medical Board to consider making an exception. Crawley's state medical license is officially listed as "inactive."