Lane Thibodeaux, 21, of Gueydan, Louisiana was sentenced by Federal judge Carol Whitehurst to serve 45-days in jail and pay a fine of $2500. If the fine is not paid in full within a year, he could return to jail for an additional 6 months.
Thibodeaux pleaded guilty late last week to five charges related to shooting and injuring a whooping crane that ultimately had to be euthanized.
The bird, which was first released by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in January 2014, was found in November of that year near Gueydan, with a gunshot wound to the leg. The crane was transported to LSU Veterinary School, but could not be saved.