Eagle poaching gets prison term


By David Hendee

An Omaha federal judge issued the stiffest jail sentence in recent memory Friday for a wildlife violation.

Judge Joseph Bataillon sentenced Lamar Bertucci Sr., 39, of Macy, Neb., to 366 days in prison for possession an eagle part.

Bataillon said he hoped the sentence would send a message to others who violate federal laws protecting eagles, hawks and other raptors.

Mark Webb, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent who has worked as a state or federal officer in Nebraska off and on for more than three decades, said he wasn't aware of anyone receiving a longer jail sentence from a federal court in Nebraska for such a crime.

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