Kentucky couple, son sentenced in Virginia for participating in major cockfighting operation


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ABINGDON, Virginia — An eastern Kentucky couple and their son have been sentenced in Virginia for participating in a major cockfighting enterprise.

A federal judge in Abingdon on Thursday sentenced Walter Stumbo of Floyd County, Kentucky, to 18 months. His wife, Sonya Stumbo, and their son, Joshua Stumbo, each got 10 months.

Sonya Stumbo was convicted at trial and the other two pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including conspiring to operate an illegal gambling enterprise and illegally conduct cock fights.

Jonathan Robinson of Wise County, Virginia, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for his role in the enterprise Wednesday. His father, Wesley Robinson, previously was sentenced to six months. Both had pleaded guilty.

Authorities say the McDowell, Kentucky, cockfighting venue featured arena-style seating, multiple fighting pits and a restaurant.

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