Iuka man to plead guilty in eagle case

By NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – William “Bill” Branum of Iuka will plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor in connection with 2011 charges he tampered with a bald eagle.
U.S. District Court documents posted Tuesday show that his attorney asked to transfer his case to a magistrate court “for plea and sentencing.”
Branum, 79, was indicted on two counts Sept. 21, 2011, that he took or killed the American symbol and unlawfully used it for scientific purposes.
With a conviction on those counts, he faced up to 18 months in prison and a $200,000 fine.
The specifics of the misdemeanor were not available.