Man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker gets 21 years in prison

LOS ANGELES — The man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker and stole her French bulldogs last year took a plea deal and was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday, officials said.

The Lady Gaga connection was a coincidence, authorities have said. The motive was the value of the French bulldogs, a breed that can run into the thousands of dollars, and detectives do not believe the thieves knew the dogs belonged to the musician.

James Howard Jackson, one of three men and two accomplices who participated in the violent robbery, pleaded no contest to one count of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Jackson and others drove around Hollywood, the city of West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley on Feb. 24, 2021 “looking for French bulldogs,” prosecutors said previously. They found Lady Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, with the pop star’s three pets.

Jackson shot Fischer during the robbery near the famed Sunset Boulevard, during which two of the dogs were taken. A nearby doorbell camera recorded the dog walker screaming “Oh, my God! I’ve been shot!” and “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding out from my chest!”

Jackson shot Ryan Fischer during the robbery near Sunset Boulevard/
Jackson shot Ryan Fischer during the robbery near Sunset Boulevard.
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According to authorities, the suspects didn't know that Fischer had Lady Gaga's pets and targeted him due to the breed.
According to authorities, the suspects didn’t know that Fischer had Lady Gaga’s pets and targeted him due to the breed.
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The dogs were returned several days later by a woman who was later charged in connection to the crime.
The dogs were returned several days later by a woman who was later charged in connection to the crime.
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Fischer said the ordeal was a “very close call with death.”
Fischer said the ordeal was a “very close call with death.”

Fischer later called the violence a “very close call with death” in social media posts. The dogs were returned several days later by a woman who was also charged in the crime.

Jackson also admitted the allegation of inflicting great bodily injury and to a prior strike, the DA’s office said Monday. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

“The plea agreement holds Mr. Jackson accountable for perpetrating a coldhearted violent act and provides justice for our victim,” the office said in a statement.

Lady Gaga’s representatives did not immediately return a request for comment.

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