Downstate Men Sentenced For Killing Cougar

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Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Three downstate men have been charged in the slaying of a cougar in the U.P.

42-year-old Troy Richard of Bay City, 68-year-old Theodore Richard of Munger and 43-year-old Todd Richard of Burt were arraigned yesterday in Schoolcraft County District Court.

Troy Richard pleaded guilty to the two misdemeanors in exchange for the dismissal of felony charges.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $5,225 in fines, costs and restitution and to perform 120 hours of community service.

Theodore Richard pleaded guilty to on one count of taking or possessing an endangered species.

He was ordered to pay $1,725 in fines and costs and perform 96 hours of community service.

Todd Richard pleaded not guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit that crime.

A pretrial hearing has yet to be set.

The charges stem from the killing of a cougar in mid-December on a hunting property in northeast Schoolcraft County.

It was the first slaying of a cougar in Michigan in more than a century.

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