Man Receives 102 Year Prison Sentence For Dog Fighting Related Charges

A Cottonwood, Alabama man has been sentenced to 102 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of dog fighting related charges.

Circuit Court Judge Ed Jackson sentenced Johnny Ray Lewis to six years in prison for each of the 17 felony counts he was convicted of. He was found guilty of possessing dogs with the intent to train them for fighting.

The judge said his sentence was a “mid-range” sentence.

38 pit bulls died on Lewis’ property as a result of dog fighting. Officials seized 17 of his dogs and found syringes, heavy chains and a dog fighting video.

Houston County Assistant District Attorney Butch Binford said that Lewis will most likely serve at least 34 years of his prison sentence because typically, people serve at least a third of their sentence before they are released.

Jackson also ordered Lewis to pay $34,000 in fines.

Lewis’ lawyer said they planned to appeal the case.

Binford argued against Lewis’ release from custody on an appeal bond. He added that he thinks Lewis said that he still had dogs on his property.

Source: Dothan Eagle

(Thanks Irene)

28 Responses to “Man Receives 102 Year Prison Sentence For Dog Fighting Related Charges”

  1. Tanya says:

    Two comments

    1) why do we bother giving long sentances if people are only serving 1/3 of them. when not reduce the sentances but have people ACTUALLY serve the entire thing?

    2) Glad to see dog fighting is becoming an national concern, and that people are saying “enough is enough”.

  2. Bridgett says:

    I am glad this guy got his just desserts. Even though he is only serving a 1/3 of his sentence, in all likelihood he will never see the light of day again. He will never hurt another dog again.

    I am concerned, however, that all his dogs weren’t seized. Are there truthfuly dogs still on his property? Are they going to be siezed if this guy gets out on bail during the appeal?

  3. Lynne says:

    I wonder if this guy got his dog fighting video from

  4. furmom says:

    The judge should get a medal for doing his job right. I don’t care that he only serves 1/3, at least it was a real sentence. It will be interesting to see if some of the more famous dog fighting types get comparable sentences or if they get out of it somehow because they can afford a better lawyer or luck out and get a soft judge. We will see how effective the legal system is when we see current dog fighting operations fold up for good because they don’t want to risk prosecution. If they see others get prosecuted but get light or no sentences, they will keep up their operations and no care about the law. I can’t wait till this scourge is cleaned up properly.

  5. Lynn says:

    Thirty-four years is better than nothing and I’m delighted this poor excuse of a human being will be in a place where he can’t harm animals for that period of time.

    The judge is to be commended. I am delighted that public outrage is making judges sit up and take notice of the problem for what it really is with the understanding that we just won’t tolerate slaps on the wrist to the offender.

    [And yes, I do wish that when I sentence was issued there was never any chance of parole…….seems to me like early release only sends the message that no one ever thought that the orginal sentence of 102 years was fair. Doubletalk.]

  6. NH says:

    Thirty-four years is a long time for him to think about what he did. I think that’s justified. I applaud the judge for taking the crime seriously.

  7. The Lioness says:


    It’s a step in the right direction. I hope we see more of this kind of justice and more of these animal fighitng operations go down!

    ~The Lioness

  8. toni says:

    Thank you Judge Jackson and ADA Binford.

  9. janet says:

    Judge Jackson is a real hero, let’s hope the ACLU doesn’t step in and get Johnny Ray out of jail

  10. Claudia says:

    That is truly amazing! Here in Canada, you couldn’t get a 34 year sentence if you were a serial killer and admiitted to murdering 100 people and could prove it. I wish we had consecutive sentences here. Sigh.

  11. furmom says:

    That’s not true. Steinke will probably get 25 years without parole for the recent triple murder of his girlfriends family. And Olson got lots of years for killing 13 children. Then there are the handful of innocent guys that spent 20 or so years for single murders they didn’t commit.

    That’ll learn ‘em.

  12. furmom says:

    Then there’s the poor Polish immigrant Dziekinski, who got the death penalty for smashing a computer in an airport last month. Canada is getting tough on crime, so watch out.

  13. Nora and Rufus says:

    GOOD JOB JUDGE! There is justice!!!

  14. serijna says:

    Lots of credit also goes to the jury. They convicted on each of the 17 felony charges and did not throw any of them out. Thereby ensuring that each dog was accounted for.
    My guess is that the defense did not expected that or they would not have elected a trial by jury.

  15. candy says:

    Actually that Polish immigrant was murdered w/ a taser read the paper!!!!

  16. cc says:

    I think it’s a shame that we are sending people to jail for dog fighting for a long period of time. We as a country should be focusing on our children getting the right education, keeping childmolester’s and rapist and murders of the street, voilence and racism when is all this going to stop. And sending our children to war for non sense and they are getting killed daily and we don’t know why. If thats the case we all should be in jail for dogs because we have killed them driving in a car.These things are what we should focus on to making our world a better place to live.

  17. Carlos says:

    Rapper Plies said it right on his new song. Youtube “100 Years”. America is so lost, when you get more time for animals than you do for humans.

  18. justice says:

    I am amazed at the people that really want a person to got to jail for a lot of years for a dog. I think the people that have sex with dogs and cook them in a stew are the ones that need to go to jail. Why don’t we work on the murders ,gangs and starving kids. The women that have babies and leave them in the trash!!! I’m not saying these ppl are right but the crime don’t fit the punishment!!!

  19. Ghost says:

    That’s just stupid! 102 years or even 34 years for fighting dogs is ridiculous!

  20. Bane says:

    CC and Ghost, personally I think the world would be a better place if people like you weren’t born. Every time an animal abuser gets what they deserve, jerks like you comes along saying “people are more important…why worry about animal cruelty when there’s people starving, kids being molested etc…” One has nothing to do with the other. It’s about respect for innocent life, you troglodytes. And CC, people who drive carelessly and hit animals with their cars should be penalized. I think you’re on the wrong blog…this blog is for people who care about animals. Get lost, trolls.

  21. Bane says:

    Carlos, to your quote I reply “the greatness of a nation can be measured by the manner in which it treats its animals”…you quote a talentless rapper….I quote Ghandi, one of the greatest men in recent history. ‘Nuff said.

  22. CINDY says:

    To Ghost, You are a sick bastard and if you think dog fighting is O.K., then you must of had a rather strange upbringing, and I have only pity for you. The world is getting sicker all the time, and you fit right in. Scary!

  23. dwhiz says:

    i think that sentence was too much. how does a person rehabilitate when there not welcomed back into society. i think you all are the cruel ones. stop judging so much and focus on the person in the mirror.

  24. JG says:

    Wow 40K a year, 100 years, 4 million tax dollars going to punish somebody for killing and abusing dogs. Meanwhile 2 million dogs will be put to death in shelters, and astronomical numbers of pigs, cows and chickens will be put through legal atrocities by the American food industry. This is the kind of thought leadership that is sending America straight to the bottom.


  25. GD says:

    Bane says:

    Lets see, you chastise a poster about respecting life as you tell them the world would be a better place if they were not born. Did I miss something or did you miss something. It just goes to show how self centered people can be that they try to tell one person something without realizing their own mistakes.

  26. Dick says:

    Let him learn the lesson totally more serious in the future and thats life everyone have chose him put full to life prison this time.

  27. Jenn says:

    Just more proof that Michael Vick got off light.

  28. jamsine says:

    that is crazy why do people let dogs fight they did not do anything wrong to yall??????

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