By Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man faces more time behind bars after being sentenced for selling feathers from federally protected eagles.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico says 60-year-old Dale N. Smith of Edgewood has been in custody in April and was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque to time already served.

However, the office says Smith will remain in federal custody until Dec. 9 for violating his parole.

Smith previously pleaded guilty to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by selling or offering to sell bald eagle feathers.

Prosecutors say Smith was caught through an undercover investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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