TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Two men are facing federal charges for allegedly selling eagle and hawk feathers.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says in a news release that Ruben Dean Littlehead, 38, of Lawrence and Brian K. Stoner, 32, of Ponca City, Okla., were charged Wednesday for selling feathers from migratory birds that are protected by federal law.
Littlehead is facing four charges and Stoner is facing two charges. Each count carries a potential sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The two men allegedly sold feathers from golden and bald eagles and hawks between 2008 and 2009 in Douglas County. They were arrested after an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.