Stiff Sentences in Dogfighting Bust
U.S Attorney George Beck says he hopes stiff sentences handed down in a massive dogfighting bust sends message that the bloody spectacle will not be tolerated. Investigators in 2013 seized more than 400 dogs in raids in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. It was the second largest dog fighting bust in U.S. history. The defendants will serve sentences between two months and eight years in prison. A judge gave the eight-year sentence to a man who organized fights where up to a $100,000 was routinely wagered on a single match. Prosecutors say that is the longest federal sentence ever handed down in a dogfighting case.