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Marc J. Little Light Pleads Guilty and Sentenced in U.S. Federal Cour

Friday, March 09, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on March 8, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, MARC J. LITTLE LIGHT, a 41-year-old resident of Crow Agency, pled guilty and was sentenced on the charge of trafficking in migratory birds.

LITTLE LIGHT was sentenced to a term of:

Probation: 1 year

Special Assessment: $10

Fine: $2,000

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark S. Smith, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On November 2, 2010, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks got a call on their TIP (Turn In Poachers) hotline that a group of people were killing and selling eagles around Hardin.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service criminal investigators learned through a confidential private informant that eagle feathers and parts could be purchased at the Hugs ranch, about five miles south of Hardin.

On December 5, 2010, the informant went to the ranch and met several individuals, including LITTLE LIGHT. The informant bought eagle feathers and parts from the other individuals at the Hugs Ranch. They began to discuss other eagle parts, and eagle bones were mentioned. LITTLE LIGHT said he had "a bunch of those." As the informant was getting ready to leave, LITTLE LIGHT said he would later bring his eagle bones to the informant's hotel. The informant agreed. Later the night of December 5, 2010, LITTLE LIGHT offered to sell, and sold to the informant for $50, a white plastic bag filled with 20 eagle bones.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.



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