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Halifax man to serve 15 years in dog fighting case


Halifax County resident Jonathan Kennard Williams, aka “Scooter,” will serve 188 months in prison for charges related to drugs, guns and dog fighting, according to Brian P. McGinn, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia.

Senior U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser sentenced the 27-year-old Nathalie resident Thursday in U. S. District Court in Danville, and he also ordered Williams be placed on six years probation after his release.


Williams also will have to pay a $600 “special assessment,” $100 for each of six charges he pleaded guilty to last year.

Williams pleaded guilty Aug. 2 to three counts of distributing less than 28 grams of crack cocaine and one charge each for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, possession of an illegally altered firearm and conspiring to sell or transfer a dog in interstate commerce with the intent for it to participate in animal fighting, according to McGinn.

Williams and another Nathalie man, then 23-year-old Jermaine Thaxton, were indicted in April on charges related to drugs, guns and dog fighting.

Both men were arrested and 41 dogs seized following raids on two Nathalie residences April 20 in what authorities described as a major dog fighting and narcotics trafficking operation in Halifax County.

The arrests followed simultaneous raids on a mobile home residence at 1056 Dr. Lacy Trail in Nathalie and a residence located at Golden Leaf Road in Nathalie.

Thaxton later pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell a dog for the purpose of having the dog participate in an animal-fighting venture in interstate commerce.