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Man sentenced for selling hawk, eagle feathers

Published On: Jun 07 2013 07:40:26 AM MDT
HELENA, Mont. -

A California man has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to selling golden eagle and hawk feathers.
Justice Department officials say Steven Patrick Garcia of San Jose was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Billings.
The 36-year-old Garcia pleaded guilty in January to selling and offering to sell migratory bird parts in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Lacey Act.
Prosecutors say Garcia sold hawk feathers for $200 and an eagle feather for $25 to a person in California in 2008.
In 2009, Garcia sold hawk feathers and golden eagle wings for $400 to an undercover U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent.
Prosecutors say investigators found 146 items containing feathers from 18 species of migratory birds in Garcia's home in Lame Deer.