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Stamford racing pigeon owner receives probation for killing hawks

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Stamford racing pigeon owner receives probation for killing hawks Stamford racing pigeon owner receives probation for killing hawks
HARTFORD -

A second Connecticut racing pigeon enthusiast has been sentenced to a year of probation for his role in capturing and killing federally protected hawks.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny on Tuesday also ordered Adam Boguski, 44, of Stamford to perform 60 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine.

According to prosecutors, Boguski and a co-defendant, Thomas Kapusta, 63, systematically lured at least 11 hawks into a trap and shot them after feeling the raptors were a threat to the approximately 100 pigeons the pair co-owned.

Bogusski pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to take, capture and kill red-tailed hawks and Cooper's hawks, and two counts of taking, capturing and killing Cooper's hawks.

Kapusta was sentenced in October to a year of probation and 90 hours of community service.

The Associated Press wire services helped contribute to this report.

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