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Doc Antle pleads guilty to money laundering

Bhagavan "Doc" Antle. (Mugshot: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

Bhagavan “Doc” Antle. (Mugshot: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, 63, one of the many eccentric figures who appeared on the Netflix docuseries Tiger King, pleaded guilty on Monday in a South Carolina federal court to conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act and conspiracy to launder money.

Antle faces a maximum of five years in prison and three years of supervised release on each count.

This follows about a month after a state court in Frederick County, Virginia, gave him a two-year suspended sentence for illegally buying lion cubs. In that case, he must also pay a total of $10,000 in fines.

In the money laundering case and animal trafficking case, federal prosecutors said that Antle conspired to traffick two cheetah cubs, two lion cubs, two tigers and one juvenile chimpanzee.

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