Ted Nugent made a deal with federal prosecutors on charges he illegally killed a bear in Alaska for his reality show and will now have to pay a $10,000 fine and make a public service announcement about responsible hunting that will appear on the show.
Nugent, a right-winged rocker and fervent gun rights advocate who is an NRA board member, was filming his Outdoor Channel show, Spirit Of The Wild, in Alaska when he illegally killed and transported the black bear off federal property, Reuters reported.
Under the plea agreement, Nugent has to pay a $10,000 fine and record a public service announcement about responsible hunting, which will be between 30 and 60 second log and run every other week on Spirit Of The Wild.
The rocker also has to stay out of trouble for two years and is banned from fishing and hunting in Alaska and any national forest.
Had Nugent went to trial or pleaded guilty to violating the federal law that protects black bears from being killed, he would have faced a year in prison, Reuters reported.
Nugent maintained that he checked to see if the bear was hit and did not believe he killed it, according to his lawyer, Wayne Anthony Ross.
Nugent made headlines for the second week in a row.
Last week, he was cleared of threatening President Barack Obama when he spoke at the NRA's annual convention in St. Louis, when he said he would either be dead or in jail if Obama won re-election.
The Secret Service met with Nugent last Thursday in Oklahoma, where the rocker was performing, and found that Nugent's statement was not a threat on the president's life.
I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents in Oklahoma, Nugent said on his website in a post titled The NRA Party Rocked, referring to the Good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better. I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. God bless the good federal agents wherever they may be.
Nugent denied threatening the president when he said, If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.
Nugent also called the Obama administration criminals, vile, evil, and America-hating.
The right-wing rocker and fervent gun rights advocate has stood by his remarks.
I named names. I called out [U.S.Attorney General] Eric Holder ... I railed against our president for his engineered dismantling of the once greatest economy in the world. I reminded everyone how Hillary Clinton sides with the evil criminals of the U.N. instead of her own great nation, Nugent said on his website. I reminded good Americans that it isn't the enemies' fault for sneaking into the White Houseand abusing power, but rather we the people for bending over and allowing them to take corruption to a horrible new level.