EL CENTRO – A 62-year-old Westmorland man was recently sentenced to three years of probation for his role in operating a cockfighting ring last year at his property in Westmorland.

As part of a plea deal that recommended the suspension of any jail time, John Matthew Chappelear pleaded no contest to one felony and four misdemeanors counts stemming from his May 28 arrest.

Staff Writer Julio Morales can be reached at jmorales@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3415.

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