KS Man guilty in leopard sale
A 59 year old Osage City man pleaded guilty Tuesday to unlawfully selling a federally protected endangered black leopard in January 2005.
John E. Shirey pleaded guilty to interstate transportation and sale of an endangered species during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers in Topeka.
U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren said Shirey, in his plea, admitted that on Jan. 11, 2005, he traveled to Nebraska carrying a black leopard kitten and was arrested after he exchanged the animal for $1,300 with an undercover U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent.
Shirey faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for June 23
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