3 Plead guilty in Metro-East dogfighting sweep - KMOV.com

3 Plead guilty in Metro-East dogfighting sweep

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- Sentencing will be in March for three Illinoisans swept up in the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history.

Derrick Courtland of Cahokia, Joseph Addison of East St. Louis and James Milburn III of Prairie du Rocher pleaded guilty Thursday in East St. Louis federal court to conspiring to take part in dogfighting.

The three were among more than two dozen people arrested in Illinois, Missouri and several other states in a series of July raids in which hundreds of dogs were seized.

Two other Illinoisans were scheduled to plead guilty Friday, with the remaining two in the seven-person Illinois indictment scheduled for trial Nov. 30.

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