CEDAR COUNTY – A South Dakota man is sentenced for his role in the killing of a bald eagle in Cedar County, Nebraska.
Court records show 27-year-old Abel Hernandez of Yankton, South Dakota was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation, 300 hours of community service and a fine of $1,250 for involvement in the crime.
After an investigation, authorities determined Hernandez and a second person shot and killed the bald eagle in Cedar County in January 2016.
Records say the two used a modified shotgun to shot the eagle and abandon it.
In a news release from U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly, investigators say “pictures recovered from a cell phone by law enforcement showed Hernandez posing with the dead bald eagle.”