3 Men Plead Guilty to Animal Fighting Charges

Three 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.

MGN Online

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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