- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former colorful former TV pitchman accused of kicking a barn owl in flight while riding a motorized paraglider is scheduled to take a plea deal in the case.

Federal court records show Dell “Super Dell” Schanze is expected to enter a plea and be sentenced Thursday.

The 45-year-old is facing charges of knowingly using an aircraft to harass wildlife and pursuing a migratory bird.

Defense attorney Kent Hart says Schanze has a tentative deal with prosecutors to plead guilty in the case.

The charges came after a federal investigation into a video that surfaced online last year and appeared to show a paraglider near Utah Lake kicking a soaring owl and boasting about it.

Schanze would face a maximum of 1 1/2 years in jail and more than $100,000 in fines if convicted.

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