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Abbeville Man Pleads Guilty to Baiting Migratory Birds


Defendant’s Probation Revoked Because of Hunting Doves in Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2010

Montgomery, Alabama - Jeffrey Platt, age 47, of Abbeville, Alabama, pled guilty on September 24, 2010, to violating his probation during a probation revocation hearing before Chief United States Magistrate Judge Susan Russ Walker, U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today.

On May 18, 2010, Platt pled guilty to an Information. That count charged that, between on or about November 28, 2009, and on or about December 31, 2009, in Henry County, Alabama, Platt, along with another, unlawfully placed bait on and adjacent to an area for the purpose of causing and allowing a person to take and attempt to take migratory birds, namely mourning doves in violation of Title 16, United States Code, Section 703 and 707(c); and Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 20.21(I); all in violation of Title 16, United States Code, Section 704(b)(2), and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.

United States Magistrate Judge Susan Russ Walker revoked Platt’s probation because he went to Mexico to hunt doves, which violated his probation agreement. The United States Probation Office was made aware of Platt’s reentry into the United States following the hunt. Following the revocation of Platt’s probation, his probationary term was extended by one year for a total of two years, he was prohibited from any hunting related activities and is required to spend four consecutive weekends in jail.

The case was investigated by Special Agent John Rawls of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown.

 

PRESS CONTACT: Clark Morris
Email: usaalm.press@usdoj.gov
Telephone: (334) 551-1755
Fax: (334) 223-7617

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