TROY GENTRY PLEADS GUILTY, APOLOGIZES

Troy Gentry of the duo Montgomery Gentry has admitted that he shot and killed a domesticated bear in a penned area in Minnesota and not in the wild.

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Troy pleaded guilty in U. S. District Court in Duluth, Minn., Nov. 27, to the misdemeanor crime of making a false label. The crime is punishable by a maximum penalty of one year in prison, five years’ probation and a $100,000 fine. Troy admitted that in October of 2004, he set up a hunting stand in a three-acre pen that was surrounded by an electric fence, and then registered the bear as having been shot in the wild six miles away. Troy was scheduled to stand trial on Monday, Nov. 27, but reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He agreed to pay a $15,000 fine and forfeit the mounted bear, the bow he used to kill the bear and all hunting and trapping privileges in Minnesota for the next five years. A felony charge of violating the Lacey Act—when Troy transported the bear to his home in Tennessee—was dismissed as part of the agreement.

Troy accepted responsibility for the incident. “I did participate in improperly tagging the animal I shot, without realizing the seriousness of what I was doing,” Troy said in a statement. “For that, I am truly sorry. I relied on the experts around me for guidance, and I regret that today. Not so much because I was fined and punished, but because it appears that I don’t have respect for the law. This has been a humbling experience for me, and one which I deeply regret.”

[Photo by Randi Radcliff]

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