For Oak Lawn, Illinois native Edward Hanania, the days are not going to get any easier after he was formally sentenced to five years in prison for a crime so heinous, it left law enforcement officials speechless. Judge Colleen Hyland didn’t mince words when she addressed a stoic, and at times tearful Hanania, on the devastating impact his crimes caused for his voiceless victims.
According to evidence presented at trial, prosecutors alleged that Hanania, 23, took two poodle puppies to a vacant parking garage, ascending to the roof top, through an emergency only fire staircase. There, witnesses describe a distraught looking, visibly inebriated Hanania forcefully throw the two pups from the rooftop, while shouting profanities at the small crowd who formed by this time.
Unfortunately, the two pups suffered grave injuries, that cost one of them their lives. The other pup, whose name was not released by the prosecutor, is said to be suffering from permanent, debilitating injuries that will require a lifetime of therapy.
The Oaklawn Police Department stated in sworn testimony at a preliminary trial hearing earlier this year that they became aware of the incident after several 9-11 calls were placed. Hanania was able to flee initially without arrest, however, this all changed when the department decided to make the incident public to local media outlets.
A few days later, Hanania was subsequently arrested, after the dog’s owner recognized him as the man who purchased both dogs from her, just days earlier. The woman, who told Oak Lawn Police detectives that she sold the pups for $20 each, described Hanania as a “sweet man.”
Hanania, who was on probation at the time of the incident for an unrelated charge, was given an additional 5 years in state prison, for violating the terms of his probation, receiving a total of 10 years altogether.
As he was led away from the court in handcuffs, a tearful Hanania whispered the words “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry” to family members who were seated behind him, nodding his head in disbelief.