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.