Ohio dogfighting suspects will be tried in federal court

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio prosecutor says five men arrested during a recent dog-fighting raid will be prosecuted in federal court.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says the five who were arrested in April were initially charged in state court. But he says federal prosecutors will now file charges that allow for more stringent punishment.

If convicted under Ohio’s dog-fighting law, the maximum penalty is 18 months in prison. If they are convicted under the federal statute, the maximum is five years.

Authorities say the 15-month investigation resulted in the seizure of 45 dogs from homes across Columbus.