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Utah Man Gets Felony Sentence For Illegal Nevada Elk Killing

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Utah man to pay more than $20,000 in penalties and a 32-month suspended sentence for the illegal killing of a Nevada elk.

Reports say an investigation by wildlife officials found 26-year-old Zackry Holdaway guilty of the illegal poaching of an elk in southeastern Nevada in 2015. As part of his sentence, Holdaway will also lose his hunting and fishing privileges for six years.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife says they found an elk carcass beheaded and decomposing at Pearson Ranch in Lincoln County in 2015. Trail cameras captured images of two people on an ATV near the kill site before the elk's death, one of which was later identified as Holdaway.

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He had pleaded no contest to unlawful killing and possession of the elk in January.