- Associated Press - Thursday, January 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.

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