☛TS Cockfighting breeder suspect faces misdemeanor charges
Ray Christie, a McKinleyville rooster breeder suspected of rearing birds for cockfighting, was arraigned in Humboldt County Superior Court on related misdemeanor charges Friday afternoon.
Appearing with his attorney Ken Bareilles, Christie, 45, pleaded not guilty to five counts of possession of cockfighting implements and one count of possessing a bird with intent to use it in a fighting exhibition.
If convicted, Christie would face a maximum of six years in jail and a $30,000 fine for the six misdemeanor offenses.
...if Christie is convicted, it will be up to a judge to determine what to do with the birds. That could include finding it is more humane to euthanize the birds due to the colossal difficulties associated with finding homes for over 1,000 roosters.
A pretrial for Christie was scheduled for Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.
☛ JN Alleged cockfight kingpin arraigned
...No one reached at the DA’s office Friday afternoon could say why Christie’s being charged with just six misdemeanors despite the nearly 1,400 roosters, 72 knives and 13 pairs of gaffs seized from his property last month
I dunno. It's interesting. Alot of noise for a few misdemeanors. But comparing the possible 6 yr sentence to last week's 6 year sentence for Isaias Felix-Romero's extreme child abuse, I just shake my head and wonder what is wrong with this County. Think Arnie Klein'll put as much effort into this as he put into the child molest case? Maybe Gallegos can take in on personally.