Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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October 2, 2010

Former JHS assistant coach sentenced

JACKSONVILLE — Former Jacksonville High School assistant football coach Jerry Scott Chism, 36, of Longview, was sentenced to three years probation and fined $2,000 on Thursday in a federal court for his part in an East Texas-based dog-fighting ring.

Chism pleaded guilty in May to a charge of sponsoring or exhibiting an animal fighting venture.

Chism, and eight-other individuals, were arrested in July 2009 when agents and officers executed a federal arrest warrant in Panola and Gregg counties.

The arrests were in association with a raid that covered five states that some referred to as the largest, simultaneous raid of dog fighting operations in the United States.

At the time of the arrests, nine dogs, most pit bull terriers, were confiscated in rural Panola County, according to information supplied by the United States Attorney’s office.

U. S. District judge Leonard Davis presided over Thursday’s proceedings.

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