Terrence Cody Sentenced to 9 Months for Animal Cruelty: Details and Comments

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2016

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 02: Nose tackle Terrence Cody #62 of the Baltimore Ravens walks off the field following the Ravens 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Former Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody was sentenced to nine months in jail on animal cruelty charges Thursday, according to Alison Knezevich of the Baltimore Sun.  

He faced up to two years after being convicted of multiple animal neglect charges after his dog, Taz, died of starvation.

According to CBS Baltimore, Cody, 27, was indicted last year on "two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, 10 misdemeanor counts of animal abuse and neglect, one count of possession of an alligator, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia."

He was acquitted on several animal abuse charges, but the animal neglect charges remained. CBS Baltimore also reported that court documents noted Cody "intentionally tortured" the dog and failed to provide it "proper space, food, drink and veterinary care."

Cody's girlfriend, Kourtney J. Kelley, 28, was sentenced to 60 days in jail in February after also being convicted of neglect, per Knezevich.

Cody, who was cut by the Ravens in January 2015 after he was indicted, spent four seasons in the NFL with the Ravens, accumulating 132 tackles.