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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007

10 plead guilty in cockfighting case in Alabama

CARROLLTON (AP) — Ten people, who were among 33 individuals arrested in a raid on a cockfight near Gordo, have pleaded guilty to cockfighting and gambling in Pickens County in West Alabama.

In exchange for their plea, a judge dismissed a charge of illegal possession of alcohol in a dry county. The ten defendants were each given one year of probation and fined $100.

Sheriff David Abston said his office and Reform police got a tip that a cockfight was going on at the home of Bobby Glasgow and his wife, Sandra Dale.

Abston said there were at least 11 dead roosters and hundreds of live roosters at the site.

Tom Ward, a lawyer representing 28 of those arrested, said those who pleaded guilty wanted to put the incident behind them.

District Attorney Chris McCool said 23 other individuals arrested in the Feb. 28 raid have pleaded innocent and will go to trial at a later date.

"People were there for different reasons," Ward said. "There was a cookout, and some of my clients were unaware there would be a cockfight."

The penalty for cockfighting in Alabama is a maximum fine of $50. Promoting gambling carries a punishment of one year in prison or a $1,000 fine.

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