Seven sentenced in federal cockfighting ring bust

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The Associated Press

VERBENA, Ala. (AP) – Members of an Alabama family will serve sentences ranging from probation to two years in federal prison for running what authorities called one of the largest cockfighting enterprises in the country.

The Department of Justice said the final member of the Easterling family of Verbena, Alabama, was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to violating the Animal Welfare Act’s prohibition against animal fighting.

The U.S. Department of Justice said that for more than two years, the defendants held illegal cockfighting events at an arena with stadium-style seating for 150 people.

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12/7/2022 1:38:46 PM (GMT -6:00)

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