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Joliet man charged with shooting pit bull to death

Suspect in jail on firearm charges

Kendrick Pruitte
Kendrick Pruitte

A Joliet man was charged with shooting and killing a male pit bull terrier in October, according to court records.

A criminal complaint filed Jan. 11 alleges that Kendrick D. Pruitte, 39, of the 100 block of Linden Avenue caused a male pit bull terrier to suffer serious injury after shooting it with a handgun Oct. 24.

The injury allegedly led to the dog’s death.

On Jan. 11, Judge Raymond Nash signed a warrant for Pruitte’s arrest that carried a $150,000 bond.

Pruitte already was in the Will County jail since Nov. 30 on a
$500,000 bond. He had been arrested on charges of possession of a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon by a felon and armed habitual criminal.

On Dec. 26, Pruitte pleaded not guilty to those charges.

In 2007, Pruitte had pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault. He was sentenced to six years in prison and credited for 331 days in jail.

Pruitte was registered as a sexual predator on the Illinois sex offender registry as a result. At the time of the offense, he was 22 and the victim was 13.

Pruitte reportedly was an acquaintance of former Will County Board member Frank D. Stewart, police said. He had been inside Stewart’s house at 622 Norton on the night of the rape.

The rape occurred inside a car that was parked on Stewart’s driveway.

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