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Mother-daughter duo sentenced in Akron pit bull attack, robbery

Prosecutors say a store employee was attacked by the dogs after confronting the pair for stealing.
Credit: Summit County Sheriff's Office

AKRON, Ohio — A Norton woman who used pit bulls to attack a victim during a robbery was sentenced Thursday.

Linda Snow was sentenced to four to six years in jail after pleading guilty back in May to felonious assault on a grocery store employee. She also faced a charge of aggravated robbery, but those charges were dropped by prosecutors.

According to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, Snow and her daughter Jennifer Clark stole a cart full of groceries from the ACME supermarket on East Avenue in Akron on Aug. 19, 2019.  When a store employee confronted the duo in the parking lot, Snow let loose three pit bulls, two of which attacked the employee and caused serious injuries. After the attack, Snow and Clark along with Clark’s 11-year-old grandson drove off with dogs.

"This was a horrible incident, Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said in a statement. "The victim suffered significant physical injuries because of the attack. Today he showed tremendous courage and strength in letting the court know the emotional toll this took on him."

Back in January, Clark pleaded guilty to robbery and endangering children. She was also sentenced today to a suspended prison term of three years, along 90 days in county jail and three years' probation.