Man suspected of cockfighting involvement gets probation
Jan. 18, 2018
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man accused of involvement in cockfighting has been given two years of probation and fined $750.
Court records show 38-year-old Mariano Martinez Ramirez entered an Alford plea Wednesday. He'd been charged with possession of animal contest devices and related crimes. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges the state likely can prove the charge. He also was given a suspended sentence of five years I prison.
Police say they found 85 chickens on Martinez Ramirez's property during a raid in July.