“Mr. Copeland kind of volunteered to do it. They are a couple. My client has been employed in the real estate industry and restaurant industry. A felony would have been more problematic for her in regards to her employment and licensing,” Nadler said. “He stood up and said, I will take this if Ms. Pena can have the misdemeanor. It was a remarkable thing he did. It’s a rare thing for someone to step up and take the more serious penalty.” Nadler said Copeland works in construction. Copeland’s attorney could not be reached for comment. “The big reason I think the deal was made was both defendants had absolutely no prior criminal record of any kind. I told the judge this was a very tragic accident. They are very sorry for the woman who suffered injuries from the dog bites,” Nadler said. The attack occurred about 7 p.m. as Beatrice was in front of her home in the 4700 block of West Avenue L-14, described as a normally quiet street lined with homes with large lots. At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, the surgeon who operated on Beatrice’s badly mauled right arm said he had never seen such injuries in 20 years of practice. Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer said. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A Quartz Hill couple whose dog was shot to death as it mauled a neighbor have been placed on probation after they each pleaded no contest to charges of failing to control the pit bull-retriever mix. Shane Copeland, 26, and Raquel Pena, 23, also were ordered to do 60 hours of either counseling or community service in an animal shelter or animal rescue and were banned from owning dogs during a three-year probationary period. “This wasn’t a deliberate act, like where someone would sic a dog on someone else,” “It was criminal negligence, but not intentional. Both defendants really had no prior record, and the victim in this case didn’t want them to spend a lot of time in custody. “The victim is very forgiving. She wanted to make sure nothing like this happened again.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Copeland and Pena were each charged with one count of having a mischievous animal that caused injury in connection with the March 21, 2005, attack on 47-year-old Kimberly Beatrice. Before sheriff’s deputies shot the dog to death, it bit Beatrice on both arms and her neck. It was still biting the woman’s arm when it was hit by the first bullets, fired at close range, deputies said. Copeland pleaded no contest to a felony version of the charge, while Pena entered a no-contest plea to a misdemeanor. Cromer said the reason for the different pleas was that Copeland appeared to be the main caretaker of the dog, although he was at work at the time of the attack and Pena was home alone with the dog. Pena’s attorney, Robert Nadler, said Copeland offered to plead to the felony for his girlfriend.