Two Men Plead Guilty to Dog Fighting Charges

| July 24, 2015

Law

VALDOSTA — A United States Attorney says two South Georgia Men have pleaded guilty to dog fighting and firearms charges.

US Attorney Michael Moore says Raymond Lee Hendrix, of Echols County, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor and exhibit a dog in an animal fighting venture. He faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, or both.

Willie Henderson, of Lowndes County, entered a plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor and exhibit a dog in an animal fighting venture and to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

His plea will subject him to a maximum sentence of five (5) years’ imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, or both on the dog fighting charge and a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a $250,000.00 fine, or both on the firearms charge, according to Moore.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says through their plea agreements, Hendrix and Henderson admit that between January of 2008 and August of 2013 they operated Clyattville Kennels and trained American Pit Bull Terriers for other dog fighters in exchange for a fee

They also bred the dogs and participated in organized dog fight gambling events throughout the southeast.

Henderson admitted to possessing a rifle and shotgun despite being a convicted felon.

“This case has been years in the making with a lot of hard work and many man hours of agencies working together to eliminate the cruel and inhumane treatment of these animals for profit,” Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson said.

Sentencing for Hendrix and Henderson has been set for September 23, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in Valdosta.

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