- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) - A 40-year-old Caroline County man will be sentenced Sept. 24 for his involvement in dogfighting.

A jury that found Darryl Lamont Hawkins guilty this week recommended a four-year prison term. The maximum punishment is five years.

The conviction stems from an investigation that began in 2012 when police found marijuana growing near Hawkins’ property in Woodford. During that investigation evidence of dogfighting was found. A search warrant later yielded dogfighting magazines and medicine for dog wounds.

The Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/1Fte2Lm) reports that a witness at Hawkins’ trial testified that he’d seen dogs raised by Hawkins competing in dog fights that Hawkins refereed.

Hawkins testified that he was simply breeding dogs for pets.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/

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