father and son
have pleaded guilty to participating in an enterprise that authorities believe
was one of the largest cockfighting pits in the country. Floyd
A U.S. Agriculture Department investigator said the business at McDowell in
seating, multiple fighting pits and a restaurant. Floyd
Pleading guilty were 51-year-old Walter Dale Stumbo and 25-year-old Joshua Dale Stumbo.
The pair admitted to conspiring to sponsor or exhibit an animal in a fighting venture and conducting an illegal gambling business.
They also pleaded guilty to involvement in possessing and transporting roosters across the state line from
to the Big Blue club and
transporting gaffs, or sharp knives that are attached to roosters' legs, across
state lines. Virginia
Each faces up to 55 years in prison when they are sentenced in October.
The case against 51-year-old Sonya Stumbo is ongoing.
Authorities also say 57-year-old Wesley Dean Robinson and 33-year-old Jonathan Robinson of
also pleaded guilty to their involvement in the cockfighting ring. Wise
The report says the government wants to more than $900,000 from those involved in the case.