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Ohio Man Sentenced For Killing Wildlife

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Ohio man convicted of Unlawful Taking of Wildlife was sentenced on February 25, 2015, by U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Simko.

Randy Miller, age 59, was sentenced to 1 year of probation, ordered t o pay a $1,000 fine, and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.   

In May 2013, Miller, while acting as a guide for turkey hunters, did knowingly shoot and kill a turkey vulture on a U.S. Forest Service trail.  Turkey vultures are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson.

Updated June 22, 2015