Princess to change plea in US cockfighting case
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — A Romanian princess accused of participating in a cockfighting ring in the U.S. is scheduled to plead guilty next month, court documents show.
Authorities say Irina Walker and her husband staged at least 10 cockfighting contests between April 2012 and April 2013 at their ranch in Oregon. Blades were attached to the birds’ legs, spectators were charged admission and food and drink were sold, the indictment said. The fights allegedly brought in as much as $2,000 a day.
The Walkers were charged with unlawful animal fighting, conspiracy to violate the animal welfare act and operating an illegal gambling business. Both have change of plea hearings scheduled for July 16.
Federal prosecutor Stephen Peifer confirmed that Irina Walker is scheduled to plead guilty, but declined comment when asked the terms of any plea agreement. Walker’s lawyer, Per Ramfjord, was out of the office Thursday and didn’t return a message.
Irina Walker is the third daughter of former Romanian King Michael I. Michael, now 92, was forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947.
Walker’s daughter, Angelica Kreuger, told The Associated Press last year that her mother moved to the U.S. from Switzerland in the early 1980s. Kreuger said her mother never lived a lavish lifestyle.