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WA man pleads guilty to killing his dog with black powder bomb

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Christopher Dillingham, file image of previous court appearance Christopher Dillingham, file image of previous court appearance
STEVENSON, WA (KPTV) -

A Washington man accused of killing his dog by strapping a bomb to it changed his plea in court on Thursday.

Christopher Dillingham pleaded guilty to charges of possession of explosives without a license, and first-degree animal cruelty.

Deputies were called to his Stevenson home in August of 2013. They said various items were strewn across the lawn, including a couch on its side.

Deputies said they also discovered the remains of a dog.

A probable cause document states that Dillingham told officers he was preparing for "the rapture" and said "the world is going to end" due to a nuclear strike.

The reason he was throwing his possessions on to the lawn was because he believed "the souls of demons" were in items in his house.

Court documents state he killed his dog because he believed his ex-girlfriend had "put the devil in it."

Deputies said Dillingham owned a fireworks business and ran a Fourth of July stand in Stevenson. Investigators believe he used black powder from fireworks to make the bomb that killed the dog.

Dillingham was sentenced on Thursday to one year in jail, with credit for time already served. He also qualifies to serve two days per week of his remaining sentence on a work crew.

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