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*W.Va. man charged with trying to sell alligator through Craigslist


By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Authorities accuse a West Virginia man of trying to sell an alligator he advertised on Craigslist to a law enforcement officer.

Justin Allen Brannon, 20, of Highview, also stands charged with four counts of possession of firearms by a person convicted of a violent felony, according to records with the Frederick County General District Court.

Brannon remains free after posting a $10,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing in the court July 25.

A conservation officer with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries arrested and charged Brannon on Monday on one count of selling wild game after a special agent answered an advertisement for an alligator on Craigslist on Friday, according to court documents.

Virginia code identifies the firearm charges and selling wild game as class 6 felonies punishable by a prison term of one to five years or up to 12 months in jail.

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