Young Calicoe found not guilty of dog fighting charges

Detroit rapper faced of dog fighting, gambling charges

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DETROIT - Detroit rapper Toranio Hightower, aka Young Calicoe, has been found not guilty of dog fighting charges.

Hightower and two other defendants -- Savay Chokbengboun and Cassandra Faye Worthington -- faced charges including conspiracy to gamble, animal fighting and conspiracy to commit animal fighting.

On Tuesday, a jury found Hightower not guilty, but Chokbengboun was found guilty on several charges including dog fighting. Worthington previously pleaded guilty to charges and was sentenced to probation.

The trio was accused of committing the crimes from July 2009 until July 2012, when Detroit police and the Michigan Humane Society raided a home on West Outer Drive and removed several dogs and other animals.

Young Calicoe became the center of a police investigation after video of him making references to dog fighting went viral online.

In the video, the rapper is giving a tour of his home, including his collection of roosters and dogs. At one point, he makes reference to Michael Vick – the NFL quarterback who was sent to prison for being involved in an illegal dog-fighting ring. "I hope we don't get indicted for that, " he says in the video.

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