ALBANY, Ga. – A federal jury convicted a Camilla, Georgia, resident on federal prices stemming from violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Kizzy Solomon, a/ok/a Kizzy Andrews, 44, of Camilla, was discovered responsible on Tuesday, June 22 of 15 counts of aiding and abetting the possession and coaching of canines for functions of an animal preventing enterprise following a two-day trial that started on Monday, June 21 in Albany federal courtroom. Solomon is dealing with a most of 5 years in jail and a $250,000 fantastic per depend, and three years of supervised launch. Eleven co-defendants beforehand entered responsible pleas to varied offenses associated to their participation in an animal preventing enterprise:
Leslie Meyers aka Les Meyers, 44, of Tallahassee, Florida;
Alonza Jordan, 48, of Americus, Georgia;
Germany Brockington aka Rat and Gator, 34, of Ambrose, Georgia;
Kevin Charles aka Trinidad, 45, of Jackson, Georgia;
Maurice Glover, 48, of Douglas, Georgia;
Orlando Johnson aka OJ and Juiceman, 35, of Americus, Georgia;
Shadon Johnson, 37, of Fitzgerald, Georgia;
Terry Driggers, 71, of Hoboken, Georgia;
Starlin Morgan, 39, of Plains, Georgia;
Kentre Gibson aka Gipp, 40, of Douglas, Georgia; and,
Timothy White, 51, of Patterson, Georgia.
Every defendant faces a most sentence of 1 to 5 years in jail and fines of $100,000 to $250,000, or each. Sentencing for sure defendants is scheduled for July 21-22, 2021 earlier than U.S. District Choose Leslie Gardner. There isn’t any parole within the federal system.
“Canine preventing is an atrocious crime that always serves as a breeding floor for different unlawful habits. Our workplace will vigorously prosecute people discovered abusing and utilizing animals for unlawful preventing and playing,” mentioned Peter D. Leary, the Performing U.S. Lawyer for the Center District of Georgia. “I wish to thank the regulation enforcement companies concerned on the native and federal degree for serving to us receive justice on this case, sending a message that canine preventing won’t be tolerated within the Center District of Georgia.”
“The profitable conclusion of this case highlights the Division’s efforts to fight animal cruelty since we took duty for combating this vicious and merciless crime in 2014,” mentioned Performing Assistant Lawyer Normal Jean E. Williams of the Justice Division’s Atmosphere and Pure Assets Division. “We’ll proceed to prosecute vital and main offenders to maximise the impression of those circumstances on this unlawful business.”
“People who assist and facilitate the cold-hearted follow of canine preventing will face the fullest extent of prison sanctions for his or her actions,” mentioned Jason Williams, Particular Agent in Cost, U.S. Division of Agriculture-Workplace of Inspector Normal. “We admire the dedication of our regulation enforcement companions to analyze and help within the prison prosecution of those that assist the appalling abuse of those animals.”
Based on courtroom paperwork and proof introduced at trial, federal brokers executed a search warrant at Solomon’s Camilla property on September 12, 2018, seizing twenty-seven pit bull-type canines housed on chains, in poor residing situations. All however the puppies had scarring and accidents according to use in canine preventing. Brokers additionally seized a considerable amount of canine preventing tools in plain view all through the first residing areas of the home. Most notably, there was a big canine treadmill on which numerous canines’ preventing histories, together with whether or not they had perished through the fights, was written in print.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Division of Agriculture-Workplace of Inspector Normal, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Workplace and Decatur County Animal Management.
Assistant U.S. Lawyer Jim Crane and Division of Justice Trial Lawyer Ethan Eddy are prosecuting the case.