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Alien and Citizen of Mexico sentenced to 16 months in Federal Prison for Cockfighting

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Fabian Castro, age 48, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced on April 24, 2019, to 16 months of imprisonment by Chief United States District Judge John M. Gerrard.  In addition to the imprisonment, Castro will be placed on two years of supervised release after he is released from custody.  Castro pleaded guilty to one violation of participation in an animal fighting venture. 

Evidence at Castro’s change of plea hearing revealed that Castro was in possession of 31 gamecocks at the time that USDA conducted a search of Juan Pablo Sanchez Delgado’s ranch where Castro trained the birds to fight in matches and where others would gamble on the outcome of the fights.  Several of the birds had visible injuries and deformities from both their training and from participating in fights.  Castro served as the trainer for Juan Pablo Sanchez Delgado’s animal fighting venture.

Juan Pablo Sanchez Delgado is scheduled to be sentenced on July 10 at 10 a.m. before the Honorable John M. Gerrard.

This case was investigated by Lincoln USDA.

Updated February 27, 2024

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