Conserving the Nature of America
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efferson County Man Convicted of Killing Whooping Cranes Headed to Prison After Violating Terms of Probation

July 14, 2017


Whooping crane. Credit: USFWS.

Whooping crane. Credit: USFWS. Credit: USFWS.

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 20 year old Beaumont, Texas man was sentenced to federal prison for violating the terms of his probation in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today. Trey Joseph Frederick was sentenced to five years of federal probation in October, 2016 after he pleaded guilty to a violation of the Endangered Species Act. In January, 2016, a Texas Game Warden received two calls reporting that two Whooping Cranes had been shot on Blair Road in Jefferson County. Further investigation revealed that Frederick had been seen in the area with a hunting rifle and claimed to be hunting geese. Federal agents contacted Frederick at his home where he admitted to killing the cranes.

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