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South Dakota man sentenced on state, federal hunting charges

RAPID CITY, S. D. – A South Dakota man accused of illegally baiting a mountain lion with a dead deer has been sentenced on state and federal charges.

The Rapid City Journal reports the 21-year-old Mason Hamm of Rapid City recently pleaded guilty in federal court of the yacht with a non-firearm and was sentenced to eight months in prison. He ordered the killing of a mountain lion in January 2016 with the help of a gun with a silencer that was not registered to him in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives database.

Hamm was sentenced to serve four days in prison on state hunting violations, in which he pleaded guilty.

Hamm is the hunting companion, William Colson VI of Rapid City, was sentenced in February to probation, banned from hunting for nine years and a fine of $11,000.

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This story has been corrected to show that the silencer was not registered to Hamm on the ATF database, not that the silencer was not registered with the agency.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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