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Thursday 21 August 2014

Romanian princess in cockfight case

Published 17/07/2014 | 04:08

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A police photo of Romanian princess Irina Walker (AP/Multnomah County Sheriff)

Romanian princess Irina Walker has admitted operating an illegal gambling business in connection with a cockfighting enterprise in Oregon.

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Walker, 61, the third daughter of former King Michael I, and her husband John accepted a plea deal in which the US government dismissed charges of animal fighting and conspiracy to violate the animal welfare act.

They will be sentenced on October 22 and the government plans to seek probation, along with the forfeiture of 200,000 dollars (£117,600).

The Walkers were arrested after authorities said they staged at least 10 cockfighting matches in a barn at their ranch in Multnomah County. Prosecutors said they charged spectators 20 dollars (£11.70) to enter and the crowd generally exceeded 100 people.

The couple also made money from the sale of alcohol.

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