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