One of the three men charged with the armed robbery of Lady Gaga’s former dog walker Ryan Fischer has been sentenced to four years in state prison after accepting a surprise plea deal.

Jaylin Keyshawn White pleaded “no contest” to second-degree robbery on Wednesday, August 3rd in return for prosecutors dropping two other charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. Judge Richard Kemalyan sentenced White to three years for the robbery conviction and gave an extra year for gun enhancement because another defendant involved in the case, James Howard Jackson, was armed.

Fischer, who was shot during the February 2021 dognapping, suffered from nerve damage and a collapsed lung as a result of the attack. Rolling Stone reports that he gave a tearful speech in court. “You left me bleeding out and gasping for my life,” he said. “I did almost die that night.”

He added, “You didn’t just steal dogs from me that night, you stole my livelihood… I’ve lost all my money. I’m in severe credit card debt, and I’ve become dependent on the kindness and donations of strangers, friends, and family just to survive.”


According to prosecutors, White and the two other assailants — Jackson and Lafayette Whaley — spotted, followed, and then robbed Fischer as he walked Gaga’s three French Bulldogs, Asia, Koji, and Gustav. Asia managed to escape, but the men made off with Koji and Gustav, both of whom were recovered two days later.

The woman who returned the dogs to the police has been charged with receiving stolen property and the father of another suspect is charged with helping him avoid arrest.

Whaley was ordered back for a pre-trial hearing in September during his own appearance in court. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department finally recaptured Jackson on Wednesday after he was mistakenly released from jail in April due to a “clerical error.”