Investigators from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife collected the carcasses of nearly 150 raptors and other creatures on Richard Parker’s ranch near Standish last year. File photo

Parker gets five years suspended sentence, fined $75,215.03

Standish rancher Richard Parker, who faced 88 misdemeanor counts regarding alleged bird and animal poaching — in what could be the largest raptor poaching case in California history — changed his plea to guilty Thursday, April 11 and was sentenced to five years in the Lassen County Jail, but that sentence was suspended. Parker will serve 90 days and then five years summary probation. He was fined $75,215.03, and about $20,000 of that will go the Lassen County Fish and Game Commission.

Richard Parker

The California Attorney General’s Office, the prosecutor in the case, is expected to issue a press release later today.

For more information, see the Tuesday, April 16 issue of the Lassen County Times.