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Troy Gentry, half of the hitmaking duo Montgomery Gentry, appeared in federal court Tuesday in Duluth, Minn., to face charges that he killed a tame black bear in an enclosed pen and illegally tagged it as if he had shot it in the wild.

The government claims that Troy bought the bear, named “Cubby,” from friend Lee Marvin Greenly, who owns a wildlife refuge in Sandstone, Minn. The two are accused of then killing the animal in a pen in Oct. 2004, then registering it with the state Department of Natural Resources as if it had been shot in the wild. Falsely tagging an animal in such a way is a violation of federal law. The government says the pair videotaped the killing, then edited the tape so that Troy appeared to shoot the bear with a bow and arrow while hunting. If convicted, Troy faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a $20,000 fine. Troy pleaded not guilty and was released on bond Tuesday. Montgomery Gentry’s new album, Some People Change, is set for release on Oct. 24. The title track is currently in the Billboard country Top 40.

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