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Dog Fighting: Former Tyler, Texas Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Vertrick Jordan, 47, a former Corrections Officer with a rank of Sergeant, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of conspiracy to transport animals across state lines to participate in dog fighting, according to U.S. District Attorney Barry Grissom in Kansas City, Mo. Sentencing is set for Jan. 21, 2014.

When Jordan appeared for a hearing in federal court on July 10, he was boldly wearing a black t-shirt with the word “Boss” emblazoned across the front, and he admitted that he was the same person wanted for dog fighting charges in Kansas.

In his plea, Jordan admitted he conspired with co-defendants Pete Davis of Kansas City, Mo., and Melvin Robinson of Kansas City, Kansas, to hold a dog fight at his residence in Smith County on March 23, 2013, KETK-NBC reported.

Investigators learned Jordan had received a call March 19 and agreed to allow the “two-dog card” dog fight to take place on his property. He was told the fight would be a “grand championship” match between two dogs that had each won four previous fights to qualify. He was told the fight would be very private with only a few people attending. Those attending paid $30 to $40 each at the gate the night of the fight.

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U.S. attorneys in Texas and Kansas moved to not detain Jordan. He was allowed to apply for a “Rule 20,” which would move to dispose his case in East Teas, but he needed to plead guilty.

Both parties agreed to recommend probation at the Jan. 21, 2014, sentencing, with 50 hours of community service, and three years of supervised release. Jordan also agreed to a three-year prohibition against owning a dog.

His co-defendants received some jail time. Co-defendant Pete Davis was sentenced on Oct. 10 to 16 months in federal prison, and Melvin Robinson, who was sentenced on Oct. 10 to 10 months in federal prison.

Sources: KETK NBC, KLTV