8th Circuit Upholds Sentence for Man Convicted of Poisoning Eagle in Region 8

MARCH 8, 2007 - Posted at 7:27 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal appeals court has upheld a Louisiana man's five-year prison sentence for threatening witnesses who knew he poisoned a bald eagle and two vultures at a farm in Izard County.

Alfred Craft, of West Monroe, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of violating the federal Bald Eagle Act and two misdemeanor charges of violating the Migratory Bird Act.

The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a ruling by the Judge to enhance Craft's sentence because he tried to hide and transfer his assets to prevent government seizure.

At sentencing, prosecutors played the tape recordings of conversations that Craft didn't know were being taped.  He described U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright in graphic language and called her courtroom a "kangaroo court."

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