Man set to plead guilty to killing bald eagle

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A Tunica County man will be sentenced next month for shooting a bald eagle and cutting off its talons nearly a year ago.

The dead bird was found by a Tunica County farmer who owned the land where it was killed in November 2007.

Prosecutors say Joshua Lee Garrison is set to plead guilty and will be sentenced on October 6 in Oxford. His trial was set to begin Monday.

John Rawls, special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says bald eagle cases are uncommon and aren't easy to prove because there are usually no witnesses and the killings happen in isolated areas.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,

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