Bronx Dogfighting Ring, Prison Time Ordered

Update 3/18/2010
Alexander Estephane was sentenced on March 17, 2010 and will serve up to four years in prison and pay a $15,000 fine.
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Update 2/10/2010
A jury found Alexander Estephane guilty of one felony count of animal fighting
and he is currently scheduled to be sentenced on March 17, 2010.
(Always contact the Court to confirm court dates as they are subject to
change.)

ISSUE:
(Bronx, NY)  Allegedly run by
defendant Alexander Estephane, a neighborhood dogfighting ring was
raided in June 2008 by a coordinated team of New York and New Jersey
authorities who arrested seven men, including a corrections officer,
and rescued 16 pit bulls at the scene. Rescue came too late for one
embattled dog who died a short time later despite veterinary
intervention. The men face felony and misdemeanor charges of animal
fighting as well as gambling. Locals are encouraged to support their
community and the prosecution by attending court proceedings.

Here are news articles on the story:

New York City Dogfighters Finally Face a Jury
The Huffinton Post, February 8, 2010

Bronx dogfighting hearing gets a trial date

examiner.com, July 9, 2009

Dogfighting Ring Smashed
Mount Hope Monitor, September 6, 2008

(The story is near the bottom of the page.)

Lucky Dogs
New York Post, June 16, 2008

Bronx Supreme Court

12th Judicial District

265 East 161st Street

Bronx, NY  10451

718-618-3100 (choose 7)

Additional court information online at: http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/webcrim_attorney/Login

Docket Number #02688-2008

Criminal Case Numbers are #36620C-2008 through #36626C-2008

Send A Letter!
Using
this case as an example, polite letters may be sent to the District
Attorney’s office noting concern over the prevalence of dogfighting in
the community and an appreciation for the aggressive treatment of those
cases by proficient prosecutors.

Robert T. Johnson, District Attorney

Bronx County

198 East 161st Street

Bronx, NY  10451

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