Home detention for SC cockfighting organizer

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COLUMBIA - A judge has sentenced an 82-year-old man who organized hundreds of cockfights on his property to one year of home confinement, saying sending him to prison would be too costly.

The State newspaper of Columbia reports that Gene Jeffcoat of Swansea appeared in federal court Wednesday in a wheelchair. His Parkinson's disease, recent broken back and other health problems prompted the judge to sentence him to home detention with electronic monitoring and five years of probation.

More than 20,300 roosters died in cockfights held over 18 years on Jeffcoat's farm. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to running an unlawful animal fighting venture and operating an illegal gambling business.

Collins was one of several dozen people charged last year with cockfighting and gambling.


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CATFISHSTEW 08/12/10 - 08:50 am
Wow...Now let me get this

Wow...Now let me get this ...82 years.. old health problems many...He was
cock fighting on his property... The judge's sentence was. ..confinement to
his own property and fives years of probation... this seems to be wasted
tax payer money...cost of the raid,paperwork involved with the case..
lawyers lets not forget the lawyers,court cost monitoring and probation
need I go on.....not

OhWell 08/12/10 - 09:17 am
Well I am getting on up in

Well I am getting on up in years, if I can just wait 26 more years to do my criminal acts I AM HOME FREE!!!!

Taylor B
Taylor B 08/12/10 - 12:35 pm
Well, I'm sure convicting and

Well, I'm sure convicting and jailing Vick was cheap...

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