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Fayetteville man pleads guilty to poisoning geese

Posted August 29, 2012 6:28 p.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing Canada geese in June, authorities said.

Roy Bernard Goforth Jr. was fined $100 and ordered to pay $2,500 to replace 20 geese after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful taking Canada geese.

The geese were found dead on June 2 near a Cumberland County pond. An investigation by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission concluded that Goforth had poisoned the geese with a pesticide.

Wildlife officers cited Goforth Wednesday, and his attorney asked for an immediate court hearing, authorities said.

“He had a right to a speedy trial, and he got one,” Wildlife Commission Sgt. Kent Barefoot said in a statement.