Local & Regional
Wed October 20, 2010
By Associated Press
Muskogee, OK – Okla. man receives probation on dogfighting charge
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) A federal judge has sentenced a Tahlequah man to three years of probation for hosting dog fights on his property.
Prosecutors said Tuesday 48-year-old Jerry Miller must spend six months of his sentence on home detention and pay a $2,000 fine.
A federal grand jury indicted Miller in April and he pleaded guilty in May to possession of animals for participation in an animal fighting venture.
Prosecutors alleged that Miller hosted contract dog fights in a building on his Cherokee County property. Investigators say they found a dogfighting arena, scales to weigh the dogs and other items during a search of Miller's residence in 2009.
Law enforcement officers also seized 12 pit bull terriers.
Miller's attorney, Donn Baker, was in court Tuesday and didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.