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James Howard Jackson, man accused of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker, has been released from prison by mistake

The man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker last year has been released from prison over a clerical error, NBC Los Angeles reported.

James Howard Jackson, 18, one of three men charged with the shooting and robbery of dog walker Ryan Fischer, was released from court on Wednesday after records showed the charges against him were dropped.

According to the LA County Attorney’s Office, the dismissed charges should be superseded by a grand jury indictment, which was unsealed during Wednesday’s hearing. However, it appears the substitute case was not filed against Jackson, sources familiar with the case told NBCLA.

Jackson was arrested in April 2021 along with Jaylin White, 19, and Lafayette Whaley, 27. Both were charged with attempted murder and robbery for the Dogs-for-Cash program, according to prosecutors.

Two others – Jennifer McBride, 50, and Harold White – have been charged as an accessory to the crime, officials said. All suspects, except McBride, are said to have gang connections.

Lady Gaga's dog walker Ryan Fischer was hospitalized after the shooting.
Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer was hospitalized after the shooting.
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Police said at the time of their arrest the suspects were unaware that Lady Gaga owned the dogs.

They grabbed two of Gaga’s dogs and Fischer was badly injured in the violent robbery in which Jackson shot him in the chest.

After Lady Gaga offered a $500,000 reward for the puppies “no questions asked,” the group recruited McBride to act as a “hero” and show up at an LAPD station with the dogs, who claimed she had the two puppies found. She never received the award after officials became suspicious of her story.

Gaga, meanwhile, was reunited with her dogs when cops patched the story together and connected McBride to the others.

Fischer suffered serious injuries, including a collapsed lung, and was hospitalized for nearly a month. He has since said he was traumatized by the experience.

Lady Gaga's dog is picked up by her bodyguard at Hollywood LAPD station after a previous shooting in Hollywood where her dog walker was robbed and shot multiple times.
Lady Gaga’s dog is picked up by her bodyguard at Hollywood LAPD station after a previous shooting in Hollywood where her dog walker was robbed and shot multiple times.
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https://nypost.com/2022/04/08/james-howard-jackson-man-accused-of-shooting-lady-gagas-dog-walker-released-from-prison-by-mistake/ James Howard Jackson, man accused of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker, has been released from prison by mistake

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