Prince Frederick, MD- Calvert County State’s Attorney Robert Harvey announced that Charles Henry Hall, III, 44, of Chaptico, pleaded guilty on January 21, 2022, to 1 count of felony animal cruelty, and 1 count of misdemeanor animal cruelty, relating to the use and possession of a dog for dogfighting.  Hall faces a maximum penalty of 3 years incarceration and a $5,000 fine.   

As part of the plea agreement, Hall forfeited his ownership of the dog recovered at his property and will be prohibited from owning, possessing, or residing with any animal.  Sentencing is scheduled for March 14, 2022, at 9:00 am before the Honorable Mark S. Chandlee.

Hall was indicted in July 2021 with his co-conspirator Rodney Carlton Rance of Lusby

These charges are the result of a collaborative effort between the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, St. Mary’s County Animal Control, Humane Rescue Alliance, and the Calvert County Animal Cruelty Task Force, comprised of members of the Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control, and the State’s Attorney’s Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher J. Monte.

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