Cottonwood Man Gets 102 Years in Dog Fighting Case

A Cottonwood man has been sentenced to more than a century in prison on multiple dog-fighting charges.

42-year-old Johnny Ray Lewis was convicted in September of training pit bull dogs to fight.

He was arrested in August of 2005.

That's when authorities raided his home in Cottonwood and confiscated nearly 20 pit bulls.

Dog training videos were also seized.

All of the dogs were less than a year old.

They eventually ended up at the Dothan Animal Shelter.

Lewis was found guilty on 17-counts of training dogs to fight.

He faced up to 10 years in prison on each count.

Thursday, Judge Ed Jackson sentenced Lewis to 6-years on each charge for a total of 102-years.


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  • by oh my Location: pa on Nov 28, 2007 at 11:23 PM
    everybody thats saying he got what he deserved and the judge did the right thing. I bet everything I own if that was somebody related to you, theres no doubt you would think it was harsh. I am going to guess you think horse racing and what they do to greyhounds is fine. Do any of you that thinks he got what he deserves hunt. That ain't cruel is it? I hope none of you eat meat because you know what they do to the animals that you are eating? Maybe you should be charged for eating meat because thats cruelty to animals.
  • by Frank Location: Marianna, FL. on Nov 15, 2007 at 06:16 PM
    Some people say good that he is lucky, just because a law was broken in America that is legal in Mexico. He has to spend all that time in prison for being in America. If drugs were legal like in Amsterdam, there would be no more drug dealers, robbing and stealing for drugs to pay the drug dealers. Why does a man have to spend 102 years in prison for something that is legal every where else besides the United States
  • by Huey Location: Oak Harbor, Washington on Nov 15, 2007 at 09:58 AM
    The report also only says he was training them, not fighting them or torture and killing them like Michael Vick oh yeah I forgot he's a celebrity...........
  • by Dedejojo Location: Enterprise on Nov 14, 2007 at 06:12 PM
    What"s next in Houston County Courts=murders get 10 years,rapist get 15 years,drug offenders get life and someone cruel to animals get 102 years.I think the Judge's have got their priority's mixed up in Houston County!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: malone on Nov 14, 2007 at 04:54 PM
    I think this is absolutely riduculious that a man can get 102 years in prison over dog fighting which is not right i agree but a man can murder someone and not even get that type of sentence a raper who hurts someone mentally for the rest of there life will not serve but maybe 20 years but a man who hurts a dog gets 102 years i think that some laws needs to be looked at again.
  • by miss Location: alabama on Nov 14, 2007 at 03:15 PM
    I think the sentence fits the crime and i am glad that there is a judge that is willing to step up and do what is right. Also, with good time and concurrent sentences, he will be paroled before long.
  • by Lynn Location: Echo on Nov 14, 2007 at 12:59 PM
    This is the absolute most outrageous thing I have ever heard of. There are priest and other perverts out there raping and molesting kids by the hundreds, that get no time at all for completely ruining young lives forever. Murders are running free due to technicalities when they were arrested, but Johnny Ray Lewis has to spend 102 years in prison because he was cruel to dogs. Give me a break! When did this country start putting more value on a dog's life than on a human life? This is the very kind of thing that happens when God is taken out of everything. People's judgement becomes so warped they can no longer tell right from wrong.
  • by Julie Location: Slocomb on Nov 14, 2007 at 11:56 AM
    Folks, there is no defense for breaking the law. However, this judge placed more than 7 times more importance on these dogs than the child who was molested. I suppose if you are an animal, you have more rights than a child to a life free of abuse!!! When it comes time to vote, do what you need to do and get these people OFF THEIR BENCH!!!!!
  • by Cynthia Location: Enterprise on Nov 14, 2007 at 11:54 AM
    To all of the people who think this sentence is to severe: how would you like to be tormented, starved, and beaten? Then after all that, you are thrown into a pit with another abused animal to fight to the death. Of course it doesn't stop there. If you don't win you are either killed or left to die of your injuries. I'm glad that the courts are finally standing up for the abused animals who can't help themselves. Judge Jackson, I'm proud of you and respect you!
  • by Brittany Location: Ozark on Nov 14, 2007 at 11:38 AM
    I don't think the 102 year sentence was harsh at all. The law states that he could be sentenced to up to 10 years for each conviction. He was found guilty on 17 counts of animal cruelty. Technically the guy could have gotten 170 years in prison. In my OPINION the judge did this man a favor by knocking off 68 years of the maximum sentence. The judge might have been making a point when sentencing this man, but that is not the first time a judge has done this and I don't think it will be the last. I wish more judges would "make a point" like this, maybe we would have less domestic violence, rape, robbery, and murder!!!
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