August 10, 2010
A Richmond man convicted of dogfighting and animal cruelty will spend three years in prison.
According to court testimony, 17 of 21 pit bulls seized from 47-year-old Deano A. Jones' home earlier this year had to be euthanized.
Jones pleaded guilty in May to animal cruelty and entered an Alford plea to the dogfighting charge. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict.
Richmond Circuit Court Substitute Judge Thomas N. Nance sentenced Jones on Monday to five years on the dogfighting charge, and then suspended two years of the term.
Jones received a five-year suspended sentence on the animal cruelty charges.