PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – A princess fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit US$200,000 from the sale of the property, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.
Irina Walker and her husband John Walker pleaded guilty in July to one count of running an illegal gambling operation at a barn-like structure on their ranch in Irrigon, near the Washington state border, where they held cockfighting “derbies”.
Prosecutors said the cockfighting events came complete with a chef cooking Mexican food and alcoholic drinks. They said the Walkers charged attendees $20, while participants paid $1,000 to enter up to five roosters in fights.
As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that saw additional charges dropped, the couple admitted to financing, supervising and owning the cockfighting venture during 2012 and 2013.