A rancher and a pilot are among four men sentenced to one year of probation and fined for a 2017 South Texas trip using a helicopter to hunt and kill exotic animals.
A federal judge in Laredo on Wednesday sentenced 36-year-old Cody Morganthaler of Oklahoma and three men from Laredo -- 33-year-old Edelmiro Martinez, 39-year-old Eduardo Lopez and 56-year-old Inocente Sanchez.
Prosecutors say Martinez owned Laredo Hunting Resort. Sanchez flies helicopters. Lopez helped organize the $12,000 hunt in which Morganthaler killed four antelope and sheep, on the ground and from the air.
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All pleaded guilty to violating federal law that bans using aircraft to shoot animals for sport or trophy hunting.
Morganthaler, Martinez, and Lopez must pay $5,000 fines. The pilot was fined $2,500.
Morganthaler's Oklahoma hometown wasn't immediately available.