- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced the organizer of a northeast Ohio dog-fighting ring to two years in prison for his crimes.

Fifty-six-year-old Alvin Banks apologized during the hearing Tuesday, saying he grew up with people who had dogs fight and didn’t realize the practice is inhumane. He pleaded guilty in April to five charges, three related to dog-fighting, a felon in possession of a firearm, and marijuana possession.

Authorities raided a home in Akron last November where they seized firearms, drugs and more than $52,000 in cash. Investigators found a blood-stained, dog-fighting ring and eight pit bulls, two of which had fresh wounds from a fight that finished just before the raid.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group (https://bit.ly/1LGaopW ) reports U.S. District Judge Patricia Gaughan called Banks’ crimes “sadistic” and “incomprehensible.”

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