LA man pleads guilty to wildlife violations in ETX
POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 2:12pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 3:18pm
Tyler, Tx (KETK) — A Shreveport man has pleaded guilty to federal wildlife violations in East Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today, June 10, 2013.
Stephen Anderson Sipes Jr, 57, pleaded guilty to information charging him with negligent transportation of wildlife today before Judge John D. Love.
According to information presented in court, on January 14, 2010, Sipes possessed and transported 14 illegally imported live whitetail deer valued at over $350 each. Sipes, who had an ownership interest in high-fence ranch in Sanderson, Texas, took the deer from Carthage, Missouri, against Texas law.
The fair market value of the illegally imported whitetail deer was $5,650.
Sipes faces up to one year in federal prison, Sipes has agreed to pay restitution of $14,016.49 to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. A sentencing date has not been set at this time.