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Man admits he killed and transported American bald eagle

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Alexander Birdinground of Crow Agency, accused of killing and transporting an American bald eagle, has admitted to the charges.

He pleaded guilty on Thursday in Billings to four federal felony charges in U.S. District Court.

Birdinground’s wife, Rhonda, admitted in February that she had helped her husband commit the crimes.

Unlike his wife, Birdinground did not accept a plea agreement.

He pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiracy to kill and transport illegally killed eagles, unlawfully taking eagles, unlawfully hunting, pursuing, or taking migratory birds, and unlawfully transporting an illegally taken eagle.

Birdinground’s wife only pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to kill and transport illegally killed eagles.

Birdinground faces a maximum of 8 and a half years imprisonment and $285,000 in fines.

Birdinground admitted that in February of 2014, he and his wife planned to kill and transport bald eagles.

According to court documents, Birdinground carried out his plan.

A witness described to investigators the vehicle seen parked near the area where the eagle was killed.

Authorities made contact with Birdinground’s wife and she admitted they had shot the eagle and hid it in a bush.

A bald eagle carcass was found in the bushes, according to court documents.

Sentencing has been scheduled for August 4, 2016.

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