SC dogfight kingpin gets parole

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COLUMBIA  — A South Carolina man once described as a the nation's No. 2 breeder of fighting pit bulls is getting another chance at parole.

Probation, Parole and Pardon Services spokesman Pete O'Boyle says 63-year-old David Ray Tant will have a hearing before the agency's full seven-member board Sept. 8.

Last week, a three-member panel voted 2-1 to parole Tant. But the split vote means the full board must decide if Tant is released early.

Tant was arrested in 2004 after investigators removed dozens of injured dogs from his Charleston County property. Tant pleaded guilty to several dogfighting charges, and his 40-year sentence has been reduced to 30 years.

Tant said during his hearing last week he is a changed man and won't hurt dogs again.

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dwb619
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dwb619 07/26/10 - 12:44 pm
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Put this trash in the pit

Put this trash in the pit with the dogs. Let them decide the terms of his release.

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momster59 07/26/10 - 01:09 pm
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Wait, let me get this

Wait, let me get this straight. The guy is given a 30 year sentence, then serves 5-6 years and is paroled? No wonder we have so many repeat offenders and crimes committed by paroled violent offenders. Perhaps criminals actually had to serve the amount of time they were given we would have a lot less crime. We'd have a lot less repeat offenses, that's for sure.

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Taylor B 07/26/10 - 01:27 pm
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But momster, he's a changed

But momster, he's a changed man... He's probably going to move up to killing people.

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corgimom 07/26/10 - 01:46 pm
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Yeah, he's changed all right-

Yeah, he's changed all right- and then he'll change right back after he gets out.

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georgiapitbulldogs 07/26/10 - 01:52 pm
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I think Tant should serve

I think Tant should serve more time than what he has. The reason he received 30 years was not for fighting dogs, which he is well known for, but for a land surveyor that stumbled onto his property and was shot by a rigged gun. The man was critically injured because he went to investigate all of the barking. Over 60 pitbulls were found with obvious dogfighting paraphenalia.

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savoy_savoy 07/27/10 - 06:03 am
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I THINK, IT'S A DOG!!!....And

I THINK, IT'S A DOG!!!....And Augusta residents, a person (won't title him a man) was paroled into your city after serving 18 years of a 100yr sentence for Armed robbery, kidnapping, etc...it had to be pretty bad for a judge to give him 100 years, he's out and roaming your city.

Also, another person was recently paroled back into your city...he was given 10 years and completed 7...he was tried and convicted of "Reckless Conduct by a HIV infected person"...I'd rather have the DOG fighter paroled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

savoy_savoy
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savoy_savoy 07/27/10 - 06:03 am
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I THINK, IT'S A DOG!!!....And

I THINK, IT'S A DOG!!!....And Augusta residents, a person (won't title him a man) was paroled into your city after serving 18 years of a 100yr sentence for Armed robbery, kidnapping, etc...it had to be pretty bad for a judge to give him 100 years, he's out and roaming your city.

Also, another person was recently paroled back into your city...he was given 10 years and completed 7...he was tried and convicted of "Reckless Conduct by a HIV infected person"...I'd rather have the DOG fighter paroled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

savoy_savoy
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savoy_savoy 07/27/10 - 06:35 am
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I'd say that WE ALL need to

I'd say that WE ALL need to use our resource of computer to write the pardon and parole board, demanding that they KEEP the right people in PRISON where they wanted to be......who would vote let a HIV infected low-life out into society, who's gonna monitor him?

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momster59 07/27/10 - 11:34 am
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savoy - you and I are saying

savoy - you and I are saying the same thing. By the way, dog fighting is not about the dogs, it's about the violence. Any way you look at it, much of the crime in our community is committed by people who are released after serving only a small part of their sentences.

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