RIVERSIDE – A Jurupa Valley woman who ran a cockfighting operation at her residence pleaded guilty today to illegal possession and use of game birds and was immediately sentenced to three years probation.
Jaqueline Angeles Acosta, 40, was arrested March 15 after a Riverside County sheriff’s raid on her property in the 5200 block of El Rivino Road.
Acosta was originally charged with four misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. Under a plea agreement negotiated between the defense and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, she pleaded only to the one count.
Superior Court Judge Robert Nagby certified the agreement and sentenced Acosta under the terms stipulated by the two sides.
Deputies received complaints about a cockfighting operation at Acosta’s home, during which attendees were placing bets on the birds.
Deputies broke up a match, detaining around 50 people crowded around a makeshift rink, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Ricken. He said 40 game cocks were seized and turned over to the Department of Animal Services.
No other arrests were made.
It was not clear how long the cockfighting operation had been active.