On January 11,Terrance McNeil of Atmore, Alabama plead guilty to 27 counts of felony dog fighting charges.
Today Judge Bradley Byrne handed down McNeil’s sentence for dog fighting –10 years in prison.
McNeil’s troubles started back in June of 2008, when Atmore, Alabama police got a tip that led them to McNeil and his dog fighting “arena”. Once there, police found buckets of water for washing down the Pit Bulls prior to the fight, scales for weighing the dogs to verify fighting weight, fighting dog pedigrees and a gun with two bullets for the losers of the fights that night.
Police also seized two dogs still in crates and then arrested McNeil, Johnathon Stallworth and Patrice Marshall.
Then in September of 2008, police raided McNeil’s home this time in Autagua County, Alabama where they seized 20 dogs and 7 puppies. Police re-arrested McNeil and Marshall. They also arrested McNeil’s twin brother, Terrell, and Shantay Robinson.
All defendants now face 27 counts of felony dog fighting with each count carrying a potential sentence of one to ten years in prison and/or up to $15,000 fine. Stallworth and Marshall have not yet gone to trial.