Judge sentences Indiana man for killing bald eagle

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bald eagle with american flag focus on head (clipping path)

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA – Samuel G. Graber, age 24, of Berne, Indiana, was sentenced before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Susan Collins following his plea of guilty to unlawfully killing a migratory bird, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Bell.

Graber’s sentence was suspended, he was ordered to complete 6 months probation, and to pay a fine of $5,000 for the incident.

According to documents presented in this case, on or about November 2, 2019, Graber unlawfully killed a bald eagle, a migratory bird as defined by 50 CFR10.13, in violation of Title 16 U.S.C. §703. Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the $5,000 fine will be paid to the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund.

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The case was investigated by the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife. The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Stacey R Speith.