Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two Men Plead Guilty in Floyd County Cockfighting Ring

A Floyd County father and son have pleaded guilty to participating in an enterprise that authorities believe was one of the largest cockfighting pits in the country.

A U.S. Agriculture Department investigator said the business at McDowell in Floyd County had arena-style seating, multiple fighting pits and a restaurant.

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 Virginia to the Big Blue club and transporting gaffs, or sharp knives that are attached to roosters' legs, across state lines.

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 Wise County, Virginia have also pleaded guilty to their involvement in the cockfighting ring.

The report says the government wants to more than $900,000 from those involved in the case.