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A Florida couple has admitted to using doughnuts to lure black bears — and then siccing packs of dogs on them to make barbaric social media videos.
Charles Scarbrough, 32, and his wife Hannah, 29, both pleaded guilty last week in connection with the sick videos made in a national forest north of Orlando, according to The Ocala Star Banner.
The couple was part of a group involving at least seven others who would lure bears with treats before unleashing the dogs on them, prosecutors say. The bears would sometimes climb trees in the hopes the dogs would leave, but would be attacked if they fell. In one instance, the group shot and skinned a bear, prosecutors claim.
The resulting videos were then posted on social media.
Charles last Thursday copped to conspiracy to commit racketeering, animal baiting and fighting, unlawful use of a two-way communicating device and unlawful taking of a black bear last week, the paper reports.
He faces more than two years behind bars.
Hannah was reportedly sentenced to five years probation after she pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful taking of a black bear and unlawful use of a communication device.
She must also pay state officials about $27,000 to recoup the costs from the investigation and prosecution, and refrain from training and breeding dogs, according to the report.
A third participant faces four years in prison after she cooperated with prosecutors last year, the paper said. Six other people reportedly face charges in connection with the case.
Under the terms of Charles’ plea deal, he must testify against the other defendants and cooperate with prosecutors.
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