Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dog-fighting, perjury get Fairview Heights man nearly 3 years in prison

From St. Louis Today

A Fairview Heights man swept up in the largest dog-fighting raid in U.S. history was sentenced today to 33 months in federal prison.
Thadius Page, 34, had pleaded guilty to perjury and conspiracy to commit dog-fighting.
The perjury charge earned him more prison time than the dog-fighting count.
Page was sentenced to 21 months for perjury and one year plus one day for dog-fighting. The sentences, handed down in the Southern District of Illinois federal court, were to be served back-to-back, for a total of 33 months and a day.
Page also was fined $40,000.
In the summer of 2009, authorities investigating dog-fighting rings conducted a series of searches and arrests against more than two dozen people in several states. More than 400 dogs were seized in Missouri and Illinois alone.
Page was one of seven people indicted last year, accused of promoting, watching or participating in dogfights in Washington Park and Prairie du Rocher.

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