Pendleton man enters plea in bald eagle death

ROMNEY – A Pendleton County man has pleaded guilty to charges related to the killing of a bald eagle, according to Capt. Tom Stuckey of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section District 2 Office in Romney.

Natural Resources Police Officers completed a months-long investigation into the possible illegal killing and possession of an immature bald eagle, according to Stuckey. An informant provided information about an individual bragging about killing an eagle and disposing of it in a specific location in Pendleton County.

After numerous interviews and the discovery of an immature eagle carcass found in a small stream, charges were brought against Chris Armentrout, a 41-year-old resident of Franklin. He was charged with the illegal taking/killing of a bald eagle.

On Nov. 4, Armentrout pleaded guilty in magistrate court to the illegal possession of a bald eagle. He was assessed a fine of $1,500 with court costs of $160.25. A 10-year revocation of his hunting privileges also is mandatory under West Virginia Code 20-2-5c.