Prosecutors brought formal charges Monday against a Kenwood man suspected of attacking a woman and her dog in the Sonoma Valley last week.
Paul Mott, 53, faces a felony count of grand theft for allegedly grabbing the woman's cellphone as she tried to take a picture of him during the Sept. 22 incident. He's also charged with misdemeanor battery. Felony robbery and a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge were dropped, said Mott's lawyer, Richard Ingram.
Mott, who was free on bail, would not comment as he stood outside court with Ingram.
“The actual charges are less than what he was originally booked on,” Ingram said. “He was just trying to defend his own dog that was attacked.”
If convicted, Mott's maximum punishment is three years in jail or prison. He was ordered to return to court Oct. 9 to enter a plea or settle the case.