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TYLER, Texas (AP) -- An Illinois man has pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining whitetail deer semen valued at $55,000. That semen came from a buck in East Texas that he knew had been transported illegally from an out-of-state source.

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales says that semen came from a buck in East Texas that Raymond Favero knew had been transported illegally from out of state. The 55-year-old Braidwood, Ill., man entered his guilty plea Wednesday in a federal court in Tyler.

If the court accepts his plea agreement, Favero would be placed on five years probation, fined $150,000 payable to a U.S. Fish & Wildlife reward fund and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

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