A Lawrence man and an Oklahoma man were charged Wednesday in federal court with "unlawfully selling feathers from eagles and hawks covered by a federal law protecting migratory birds," according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom.
Lawrence resident Ruben Dean Littlehead, 38, and Brian K. Stoner, 32, of Ponca City, Okla., are accused of selling feathers from both golden and bald eagles between 2008 and 2009 in Douglas County. The charges were made following an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Littlehead is charged in four counts and Stoner in two. If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.
Court documents with additional details about the case were not available Wednesday.