WV Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Dog Fighting Operation

- MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A West Virginia man who operated a dog fighting ring was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld II, announced that Timothy Stewart of Piedmont was sentenced to serve 240 months in prison as a result of his convictions earlier this year for possession of dogs and dog fighting, as well as conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and felon in possession of a firearm.

According to U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld, in October of 2013 agents served a drug trafficking indictment on Steward at his Mineral County home. While in the basement, officers found evidence of dog fighting including dogs, dog pelts, cages and training equipment. In addition, about $4,000 worth of cocaine was found.

Stewart's girlfriend, Shannon Broadwater, also of Piedmont was sentenced to 36 months in prison for her role in the distribution of cocaine. She had previously been charged with distribution of the drug.

The case was investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crime Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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