BENDENA, Kansas — The court case involving crimes stemming from a Doniphan County dogfighting ring is on track to reach a finale this week.

Sentencing for Colton Ray Albright is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Doniphan County Courthouse in Troy, Kansas, before Judge John Weingart. On Aug. 28, Albright entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors concerning six felony counts of dogfighting and one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession. Thirteen other dogfighting charges and a probation violation against Albright were dismissed, with the court ordering him to pay almost $12,000 in restitution.

Records at the Doniphan County Register of Deeds office indicate the home where the crimes occurred, 428 Elgin Road near Bendena, still is owned by Albright’s father, Raymond H. Albright. The property features numerous derelict vehicles strewn on ground adjacent to the house, which appears to be occupied.

One person has told News-Press NOW they remain interested in purchasing the house after first viewing it three years ago, indicating the property was “a beautiful piece of land” before Albright’s purchase, yet decrying its current condition.

Until earlier this year, the case had been languishing in the courts since charges were first brought against Albright following a law enforcement raid on the property in August 2018. He was arrested and charged after 45 dogs were taken away from his property. Authorities said the raid turned up various pieces of equipment necessary to run a dogfighting operation.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have been partners in prosecuting the case. The animals were relocated to a temporary shelter operated by the ASPCA, where officials said they received medical and behavioral care ahead of a court-ordered disposition. Most of the dogs have since been placed within the organization’s network of Response Partners across the nation, where they were made available for adoption.

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