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Plea deal in slaughter of birds draws criticism


    Christian Gutierrez, a 2015 Punahou School graduate, pleaded no contest to one of 15 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty against him, misdemeanor theft, petty misdemeanor criminal property damage and two counts of prohibited activities regarding wildlife and in a natural area reserve.

A day after a 19-year-old man pleaded no contest in the killing of 15 Laysan albatrosses as part of a plea deal with the state, state Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairwoman Suzanne Case expressed concern about the message such a deal sends to the public regarding protections for endangered wildlife. Read more

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