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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man will spend three years in jail for staging a dog fight in Whitley County.
Edward E. Smith, Jr., 37, was sentenced to three years at the Whitley County Jail for promoting an animal fight, a Class D felony. He was given a concurrent three-year sentence for purchasing an animal for use in a fight and a concurrent one-year sentence for possession of paraphernalia.
The sentences were the maximum Smith could receive for the crimes, a fact noted by Whitley County Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Sigler.
â€śHe is a poster child for the maximum sentence,â€ť Sigler said. â€śHe has every aggravator known statutorily.â€ť
Those aggravating circumstances, according to Sigler, consisted of prior criminal history, both felony and misdemeanor. Smith also had prior substance-abuse offenses.
Despite this, Sigler said his dealings in this case with Smith went surprisingly well, and that the defendant had a reasoned approach to the situation. But the deputy prosecutor said the offenses still warranted justice.
â€śThis is a heinous offense, this is a disgusting offense,â€ť Sigler said. â€śThe people of this community were and are embarrassed by this. Trucking in a bunch of guys from Chicago for a dog fight.â€ť
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