The largest dogfighting bust in U.S. history just got a little bigger, at least in terms of the number of defendants who have pleaded guilty in connection with the case -- which was the subject of an RFT feature story earlier this month.
The southern Illinois U.S. Attorney's office announced today that five men admitted that they took part in a "Conspiracy to Commit Unlawful
Activities of Dog Fighting." They are:
Brent Cash, 31, of Eldon, Missouri
Darryl Madison, 28, of St. Louis
Terrill Clark, 33, of Lithonia, Georgia
Thadius Page, 33, of Fairview Heights
Michael Williams, 29, of Red Bud, Illinois
Of the 26 people arrested by law enforcement during raids on July 9, 2009, 22 have now pleaded guilty.
To read the feature story "Dog Beat Dog," which details how two undercover detectives from the Missouri State Highway Patrol posed as dogfighters for a year and a half, click here.
Here's today's press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:Dog Fighting Pr