Former Tyler corrections officer pleads guilty to dog fighting, agrees to probation
POSTED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 4:18pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 1:42pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — A former Tyler corrections officer has pleaded guilty to holding a dog fight at his home.
According to the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Kansas City, former Sergeant, Vertrick Jordan, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport animals across state lines to participate in dog fighting. In his plea, Jordan admitted he conspired with co-defendants Pete Davis of Kansas City, Missouri, and Melvin Robinson of Kansas City, Kansas, to hold a dog fight at his residence in Smith County on March 23, 2013. When agents raided the dog fight, 30 people were detained and several more fled the property on foot. Agents found a dog fighting pit had been built on the property. Two trophies were found next to the pit.
Investigators learned Jordan had received a call March 19 and agreed to allow the dog fight to take place on his property. He was told the fight would be a "grand championship" match between two dogs that had 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.
Sentencing is set for January 21, 2014. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of probation, 50 hours of community service, and three years of supervised release. Jordan also agreed to a three-year prohibition against owning dogs.