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Shreveport man sentenced for illegally transporting deer in East Texas

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Stephen Anderson Sipes, Jr. pleaded guilty in June to negligent transportation of wildlife, for bringing 14 whitetail deer similar to this one from Missouri to a ranch in East Texas. (Photo Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Stephen Anderson Sipes, Jr. pleaded guilty in June to negligent transportation of wildlife, for bringing 14 whitetail deer similar to this one from Missouri to a ranch in East Texas. (Photo Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Sanderson, Texas -

A 57-year-old Shreveport, Louisiana man has been sentenced to pay over $14,000.00 in restitution and serve 48 hours of community service as conditions of a two year probated sentence for federal wildlife violations in the Eastern District of Texas, according to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Stephen Anderson Sipes, Jr. pleaded guilty on June 10, 2013, to negligent transportation of wildlife and was sentenced Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.
 
According to information presented in court, Sipes had an ownership interest in a high-fence ranch in Sanderson, Texas. On January 14, 2010, Sipes transported and possessed 14 live, illegally imported whitetail deer valued at over $350.00 each from Carthage, Missouri to the ranch in Sanderson, which is prohibited by Texas law.  The fair market value of the illegally imported whitetail deer was approximately $5,650.00. 

Sipes must pay $14,016.49 in restitution to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation to compensate the agency for costs incurred in protecting the native deer from the threat of disease carried by the Missouri whitetails.   

This case was investigated by the Special Operations Unit of the Texas Parks and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

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