DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

PANOLA COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR DOGFIGHTING CONSPIRACY

            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 42-year-old Beckville, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            HAROLD D. STEWART pleaded guilty on Nov. 18, 2009, to conspiracy charges and was sentenced to 8 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Stewart was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

            According to information presented in court, on July 8, 2009, federal warrants were executed in Panola and Gregg counties for nine individuals involved in a dogfighting conspiracy.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on June 30, 2009, charging the defendants with federal dogfighting crimes. 

            This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General (USDA-OIG), the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore prosecuted this case.

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