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Batesland Man Indicted for Unlawfully Trafficking in Eagles and Migratory Birds

June 2, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Batesland, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Unlawfully Trafficking in Eagles and Unlawfully Trafficking in Migratory Birds.

Tilden Reddest, age 39, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 8, 2011. He made an initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on June 2, 2011. The maximum penalty upon conviction is two years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges are merely accusations, and Reddest is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting the case. Reddest was released on bond pending trial.




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