July 25, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Timothy Heaphy and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring say three more men pleaded guilty in federal court Friday after being arrested in a joint federal and state operation back in May for animal fighting and drug charges.
Walter Dale Stumbo, 52, and his son, 25-year-old Joshua Dale Stumbo of Kentucky plead guilty to illegal gambling and cock-fighting, among other charges.
They could face up to 50 years in prison and a $2.75 million fine. Their sentencing is set for October.
Thirty-three-year-old Jonathan Robinson from Wise County Virginia also pleaded guilty to several charges, including illegal gambling and cock fighting.
He faces up to 35 years in prison and a $1.75 million. Robinson will be sentenced in October.
Officials say spectators and participants typically paid between $20 and $250 entrance fee.
Investigators executed search warrants on May 3, 2013, the second day of a two day derby billed as the "World Championship." Entrance fees for the "World Championship" were $2,500. Officers seized over $90,000 in cash at the Stumbos' home.
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