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Mississippi man fined for shooting dolphin

FILE: An Alabama boat captain was fined for shooting a bottlenose dolphin in the Mississippi Sound in the summer of 2012.Reuters

A commercial boat captain from Bayou La Batre, Ala., has been fined $2,500 for shooting a bottlenose dolphin in the Mississippi Sound in the summer of 2012.

The Sun Herald reports U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Roper sentenced Brent Buchanan in federal court on Monday.

The judge also ordered Buchanan to perform 200 hours of community service on marine and environmental projects and gave him three years of probation with three months of home confinement. He also was required to pay a $25 court assessment.
Buchanan pleaded guilty on a misdemeanor charge in December.

John Dowdy, criminal division chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Southern District of Mississippi, said he didn’t know why Buchanan shot the dolphin.