Alleged dogfighters plead not guilty
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Aug 09, 2013 | 5080 views | 3 3 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MANTECA — Three Tracy residents charged with dog fighting entered not guilty pleas in San Joaquin County Superior Court on Thursday, Aug. 8.

Kenneth Baldwin, 35, Gracie Baldwin, 36, and Luther Brewer, 49, are charged with aiding, permitting and training a fighting dog.

Kenneth Baldwin and Gracie Baldwin, husband and wife, face additional charges of being present at dogfights, cultivating marijuana and possession of hash oil.

Gracie Baldwin is also charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, and Brewer faces additional charges of being a felon allegedly in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Judge Ron Northup on Thursday accepted a request by Kenneth Baldwin’s attorney, Armando Villapudua, to continue the case until 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 18 in the Manteca court.

All three defendants are free on bail.

They are accused of aiding a large dog fighting operation that was raided by several law enforcement agencies in Benton County, Mississippi, on March 31.

Kenneth Baldwin was allegedly able to escape that raid, which led investigators to Tracy.

They were all arrested on April 3 when the sheriff’s departments of Sacramento and Placer counties, and the Humane Society of the United States, raided two homes in Tracy.

During the search of the homes — located at 2386 Lighthouse Circle and 2105 Elsie Way — officers allegedly seized 14 pit bulls that are believed to be used for fighting and more than 26 pounds of marijuana.

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August 12, 2013
I hope these three get the absolute maximum sentence possible - dogfighting is a vicious, disgusting, inhumane sport and it makes me absolutely sick that people still engage in this hideous treatment of animals. Turn these nasty people against each other in a ring instead to tear each other apart, and see how much they enjoy that. Good job, law enforcement!
August 12, 2013
Dey was just playin.
August 09, 2013
I hope they allegedly end up in a ditch somewhere

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