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Alabama man gets 102 years in prison for dog fighting

DOTHAN (AP) — A Houston County judge has sentenced a Cottonwood man convicted of staging dogfights to 102 years in prison.

Circuit Judge Ed Jackson sentenced Johnny Ray Lewis, 42, at a Tuesday hearing. The jail term represents six years in prison for each of the 17 felony counts. Lewis was convicted by a jury Sept. 27 of possessing dogs with the intent to train the animals for fighting.

He was also fined $34,000 and faced a possible sentence of a year and a day up to 10 years per charge.

Jackson said he sentenced Lewis to what he called a "mid-range" sentence.

"It is a type of case that is sensitive to the public," he said as he announced the sentence.

Authorities seized 17 pit bulls from his residence in August 2005. All were later euthanized. Lewis was arrested on a similar charge in 1995 but those charges were dismissed.

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