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Brandon Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Dogfighting

BRANDON, Miss.- Organizing dog fights in his back yard will send a Brandon man to prison for the next eight years.

Nathaniel Cooper was sentenced Tuesday to eight years after a two-day trial. He was convicted on charges of dogfighting and conspiracy to commit dogfighting.

The Rankin County Sheriff’s department took several dogs from Cooper’s property last January.

During the trial, one of the state’s star witnesses, Diego Deering, was arrested inside the courtroom on a perjury charge.

Five others, including Deering, are charged in connection with the dogfighting case.

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