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An American bald eagle flies along the fifth fairway during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

A Virginia man pleaded guilty to shooting a bald eagle and then running it over



A Virginia man faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting a bald eagle and then running it over with an all-terrain vehicle, according to the Department of Justice.

Allen H. Thacker, 62, of Smithfield, Virginia, shot the eagle because he was upset that it had been hunting and taking fish from a pond located on his property, according to the Justice Department's statement.

Thacker told authorities that he first tried to scare the eagle by firing a warning shot, but the bird did not leave.

According to the plea agreement, Thacker must forfeit all assets involved in the incident, including the .22 caliber rifle used to shoot the eagle.

Since 1972 the government has imposed stricter laws that prohibit the hunting and killing of bald eagles in the U.S.

People on social media were not happy with Thacker.

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