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Case Number: 5:20-cr-00007-DCB-FKB
Judge: David Bramlette III
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Hinds County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Jackson, Mississippi
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Description: Jackson, Mississippi Lacey Act violation criminal defense lawyers represented Kenneth R. Britt, Jr., Tony Grant Smith and Dustin Corey Treadway.
Kenneth R. Britt, Jr., 51, of Wesson, Tony Grant Smith, 26, of Wesson, Barney Leon Bairfield, III, 28, of Brookhaven, and Dustin Corey Treadway, 28, of Brookhaven, were charged with killing in excess of the legal limit of Kansas wild turkeys while unlicensed and transporting the wild turkeys across state lines to Mississippi.
The defendants pled guilty to illegally killing wild turkeys in 2017 and 2018 in Kansas and traveling in interstate commerce with the turkeys to Mississippi. The defendants traveled to Kansas and Nebraska and hunted wild turkeys taking over 25 wild turkeys without the required hunting licenses and in excess of the limit of two per person per season, in violation of Kansas law. They returned to Mississippi with trophy spurs and beards of the illegally-killed turkeys. Under the federal Lacey Act, it is unlawful for any person to transport across state lines any wildlife taken in violation of state law.
Judge Bramlette has scheduled sentencing of the defendants in the United States District Courthouse in Natchez, Mississippi, for February 9, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
“We take our mission partnering with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks in conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats very seriously. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, considers the illegal taking of native wildlife a high priority, and we will continue to work closely with our state agencies to assist them in these important joint investigations,” said Special Agent in Charge Stephen Clark of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“The fine sportsmen and women of this state can rest assured that, nationwide, conservation enforcement agencies, along with Agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will continue working together to stop the thievery and abuse of our valuable natural resources,” said Colonel Steve Adcock of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. It is being prosecuted by First Assistant United States Attorney Darren J. LaMarca.
GAME CONSERVATION ACTS LACEY ACT VIOLATION
STATEMENTS OR ENTRIES GENERALLY
Outcome: 11/16/2020 33 Digital Audio File as to Guilty Plea of Dustin Corey Treadway held on November 5, 2020 before Senior Judge David Bramlette III.AUDIO FILE size(18.1 MB) (AK) (Entered: 11/16/2020)
11/16/2020 34 Digital Audio File as to Guilty Plea of Kenneth R. Britt, Jr, Tony Grant Smith, Barney Leon Bairfield, III held on November 5, 2020 before Senior Judge David Bramlette III.AUDIO FILE size(37.2 MB) (AK) (Entered: 11/16/2020)