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Five men get prison time for Robeson dog-fighting operation

Posted March 7, 2013 4:39 p.m. EST

— A federal judge on Thursday sentenced five men to prison for their roles in a dog-fighting operation in Robeson County, authorities said.

Frank Jacobs, 69, of Laurinburg, and Jimmy Jacobs, 40, of Maxton, were sentenced to 29 months in prison. Tony Harris, 35, of Lamar, S.C., was sentenced to 21 months in prison, while Ricky Dial, 55, of Maxton, got an eight-month sentence and James Matthew Blackman, 43, will have 30 days of intermittent confinement.

Authorities said the men trained and bred pit bulls for fighting, hosted and participated in dog fights in secluded locations in various states, placed and accepted bets on fights, collected entrance fees for fights and offered prize money for winning animals.