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|West Monroe man pleads guilty in eagle slaying|
A West Monroe man has pleaded guilty to killing a bald eagle that was discovered shot and decapitated in a ditch in southern Franklin Parish on April 3, according to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries officials.
Jeffery M. Miles, 22, of West Monroe, entered a guilty plea to the violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act in federal court in Monroe on Monday, said Wildlife and Fisheries region Capt. Alan Bankston.
The penalty for killing the eagle carries a maximum sentence of a year of incarceration and $100,000 fine.
Bankston said he could not comment further due to the ongoing investigation.
"At this time, until the pre-sentencing investigation has been completed, we cannot reveal much more information," he said.
Wildlife and Fisheries agents were first alerted to the eagle's death by a tip from someone in the area.
Tips also led investigators to Miles, Bankston said.
"Our information came as the result of Operation Game Theft. I also want to give credit to the agents who have worked tirelessly on this case to bring it to federal court," he said.
Bankston said that Miles will be sentenced on Jan. 3.