10,000 square foot cockfighting arena to be destroyed in Floyd County

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McDOWELL, Ky. (WYMT) - A 10,000 square-foot cockfighting arena in Floyd County will be destroyed after its owners pleaded guilty to federal charges Tuesday.

Shirley Slone and Vernon Slone pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause others to attend a cockfight. The pair will forfeit $100,000 and pay for the destruction of the Big Blue Sportsman Club.

“For more than 20 years, the Big Blue Sportsman’s Club facilitated illegal cockfights, illegal gambling, and decades of cruel and inhuman animal abuse,” acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle said. “Today’s convictions and the agreement to destroy the Big Blue facility put an end to the long-term criminal activity that took place on this property. I am grateful to the various law enforcement agencies who investigated this conspiracy.”

The facility, a 10,000 square-foot building, featured arena-style seating, multiple fighting pits and a restaurant.

In addition to forfeiting $100,000 and paying for the destruction of the arena, the Slones each face up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. They are scheduled for sentencing June 8, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

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