Kentucky woman convicted of conspiracy, other charges in cockfighting case

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ABINGDON, Virginia — An eastern Kentucky woman faces up to 50 years in prison following her conviction in a cockfighting case.

Online court records show a federal jury found 51-year-old Sonya Stumbo of Floyd County, Kentucky, guilty on 14 counts on Wednesday. The charges include conspiracy to knowingly sponsor or exhibit an animal in an animal fighting venue.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 9 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

Stumbo's husband, 51-year-old Walter Dale Stumbo, and her son, 25-year-old Joshua Dale Stumbo, pleaded guilty in the case last month.

Two other co-defendants, Wise County residents Jonathan Robinson and his father, Wesley Dean Robinson, also have pleaded guilty.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector said in an affidavit that the enterprise in McDowell, Kentucky, had arena-style seating, multiple fighting pits and a restaurant.

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