McDOWELL - Three Kentuckians and two Virginia residents have been charged in federal court with conducting cockfights that drew people from eight states to a fighting pit in eastern Kentucky.
The five were charged with conspiring to operate an illegal gambling enterprise and illegally conduct cockfights at the Big Blue Sportsmen's Club in McDowell, Kentucky, U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy of the Western District of Virginia said in a news release Monday.
Charged are 51-year-old Walter Dale Stumbo, 51-year-old Sonya Stumbo and 25-year-old Joshua Stumbo of Floyd County, Kentucky. Also charged are 57-year-old Wesley Dean Robinson and 33-year-old Jonathan Robinson of Wise County, Virginia. They were arrested Saturday morning and appeared in court Monday, according to prosecutors.
No attorneys were listed in online records for the Stumbos.
Attorneys listed for the Robinsons did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment Monday night.
"It is alleged that on fight weekends at Big Blue, spectators and handlers traveled from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Georgia," the release said. "The complaint further alleges that entrance fees at Big Blue were $250 per entry with approximately 100 total entries per derby."
All five of the men were released on bond on Monday.
The Stumbos, who appeared Monday in federal court in Pikeville, were directed to appear today in Abingdon, Virginia, Heaphy's news release said.