Caroline County man convicted of dog fighting

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va.  – A Caroline County man has been convicted of engaging in and promoting dog fighting. A Caroline County Circuit Court jury recently delivered the guilty verdict for 40-year-old Darryl Lamont Hawkins of Caroline County.

It was the first dog fighting case to ever be tried in Caroline County.

The 12-person jury recommended a four-year sentence out of a maximum of five as punishment for the class 6 felony activities that occurred between 2008 and 2012.

The Caroline County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office praised the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office for their service, stating, “The Sheriff’s officers did a tremendous job investigating this case. Companion animals are at the mercy of their owners, we take any case involving cruelty or fighting very seriously.”

Charges in this case resulted from a search warrant executed by the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Virginia Animal Fighting Taskforce.

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