Plea, sentencing set for killing endangered whooping crane

3 years 11 months 1 day ago Friday, November 01 2019 Nov 1, 2019 November 01, 2019 12:11 AM November 01, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

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A man accused of killing one of Louisiana's oldest whooping cranes is scheduled to change his plea and face sentencing in the state where more of the endangered birds have been killed than any other.

Gilvin Aucoin Jr.'s public defender notified the federal court in Lafayette on Oct. 1 that Aucoin wanted to change his plea from not guilty of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in July 2018.

Two International Crane Foundation staffers plan to attend the hearing Friday. Lizzie Condon says they want a sentence that will deter others. She says nine whoopers have been killed in Louisiana since 2011, compared to eight in Texas since 1967. Only about 850 whooping cranes remain.

Condon says it costs $93,700 to raise, release and monitor one whooping crane in Louisiana.

McConnaughey reported from New Orleans.

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