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Judge lets cockfight-watcher avoid prison

Jun 16, 2010 9:09:00 PM - thestate.com

An Orangeburg man who had the unlucky distinction of not only being filmed at an illegal cockfight but who also would have apparently become the first person sentenced to prison in South Carolina for being at a cockfight got a lucky break from a magistrate Wednesday.

Swansea Magistrate William Shockley reversed himself Wednesday, ruling that Chad Gable, 36, whom an undercover agent videotaped at a two illegal cockfights, wouldn’t have to go to prison after all.

Instead, Gable will be allowed to pay fines and court costs totaling some $4,200, said his lawyers, Rauch Wise and Jack Duncan.

“It was going to cost the state a lot more to incarcerate him and not get any of his tax money,” said Wise.

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