Art dealer gets year in prison in black rhino horn case

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A San Francisco art dealer has been sentenced in Las Vegas to a year in federal prison for illegally selling black rhinoceros horns to an undercover agent for $55,000.

The U.S. Department of Justice says Lumsden Quan also was sentenced Wednesday to three years of supervision after prison, fined $10,000, and banned from working in the art and antique business for three years.

Quan's attorney, Christopher Oram, says Quan is thankful the judge didn't sentence him to two years that the government sought.

Quan was arrested in March 2014 and pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to violate endangered species and wildlife transport laws.

A co-defendant, Edward Levine, is due for trial March 7.

Rhino horn is used for medicine and as a status symbol. The animal is protected under U.S. and international endangered species law.

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