BSO files animal cruelty charges against weapons dealer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The Broward Sheriff's Office has filed more charges against the Dania Beach tactical weapons dealer accused of allegedly plotting to murder his wife and her family members.
It keeps getting worse for 39-year-old Jason Simione, who was charged Tuesday with three counts of attempted solicitation to commit murder, threatening to place an explosive device and child abuse.
BSO filed felony animal cruelty charges against Simione, Thursday.
According to police, his estranged wife and several co-workers told detectives that on a number of occasions Simione beat his 4-year-old Cane Corso Italian Mastiff. One time, he repeatedly punched the dog in the face. Another time, he beat him with a two by four, after which his wife said the dog cried for several days.
Deputies said Simione did confess to beating the dog, but he said it was to protect a smaller dog.
His attorney says there is always two sides to every story, and the truth will come out with time.
According to court documents, his estranged wife has filed petitions for a restraining order, twice. In her petitions she talks about him stalking her.
Simione is the business owner of Bulldog Tactical Equipment in Fort Lauderdale, a leading tactical supply company to the U.S. government and military.
Simione remains behind bars. He is being held on a $5 million bond.
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