LAKE CITY (AP) - Eight men accused in a northeast Arkansas cockfighting ring have pleaded guilty to possessing an instrument of a crime.
The men entered the pleas Monday during a hearing in Lake City. The Jonesboro Sun reports that the men were each given a 12-month suspended sentence and were fined $1,000.
Seven men were arrested Aug. 11 in Monette by Craighead County deputies who were investigating reports of a cockfighting operation. An eighth man later turned himself to police.
Authorities recovered several cases with sharpened knifes that are attached to fighting chickens' feet.
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