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Two more enter pleas in dog fighting case

 

The second and third of three defendants charged in connection with an alleged dog fighting operation in Halifax County entered into plea agreements last week.

Travis Alastair Ragsdale, 25, of Halifax pleaded guilty last week to six counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. 

The commonwealth moved to nol pros another indictment against the defendant related to possessing paraphernalia related to dog fighting, and the commonwealth moved to nol pros six additional misdemeanor indictments related to dog fighting activity.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, the court sentenced Ragsdale to six months in jail for each cruelty conviction, with all time suspended, and to a $250 fine for each of the six charges, with the entire amount suspended conditioned on Ragsdale’s good behavior for three years.

The court placed Ragsdale on unsupervised probation and ordered him not to own pit bulls for five years.

Travis Ragsdale’s mother, 64-year-old Shirley Ragsdale of Halifax, entered an Alford plea last week to three charges for misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Under terms on an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but realizes prosecution evidence would make a guilty finding at trial almost a certainty.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros five related charges against the defendant.

The court sentenced Shirley Ragsdale to six months in jail and ordered her to pay a $250 fine for each of the three charges, with all suspended conditioned on her good behavior for three years.

The court placed Ragsdale on unsupervised probation and ordered her not to own any animals forever.

The first defendant in the case, 65-year-old William Gilbert Ragsdale, pleaded guilty earlier in September in Halifax County Circuit Court to five misdemeanor animal cruelty charges, following a day-long jury trial and during the jury’s final deliberations.