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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Poached Sheep

Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Poached Sheep

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man who illegally killed an Alaskan Dall sheep 10 years ago and then stole its head from wildlife officials this winter has pleaded guilty to theft and attempted burglary charges.

Wade Hanks, 37, agreed to pay $6,000 in fines in a plea that will be held in abeyance for a year.

Salt Lake County Deputy District Attorney Vincent Meister says the plea deal matched the crime, which he said amounted to a spur-of-the-moment lapse in judgment by Hanks.

Hanks was working a booth at a hunting expo in January when he came across the mounted sheep's head on the wildlife agency's anti-poaching "Wall of Shame."

Hanks and a friend, who also pleaded guilty to theft and burglary charges, stole the head while a wildlife worker stepped away. The two men were caught on surveillance camera.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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