Decatur Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Bald Eagle

A Newton County man has pleaded guilty to shooting a bald eagle, in violation of the law.

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Jackson, Miss.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 21-year-old Marcus Tyler Cochran, of Decatur, entered a guilty plea to shooting a mature bald eagle in violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Cochran shot the bald eagle while duck hunting on the Nanih Waiya Wildlife Management Area in Neshoba County Dec. 2, 2012.

Officials say, following his guilty plea, Cochran was ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $2,500. He was also placed on probation for a period of two years and prohibited from any hunting during that time and has to forfeit the firearm used in the commission of the offense.

Th case was investigated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Darren J. LaMarca.

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