For illegally selling a capuchin monkey to American music star, Chris Brown, the owner of an exotic animal breeding business has been sentenced to 5 years of probation
While the federal indictment leaves out Chris Brown, it clearly identifies the seller as a celebrity in California.
It should be recalled that there was a report in the Associated Press Report about wildlife agent seizing the singer’s pet monkey after serving a search warrant on his Los Angeles home back in January 2018.
Meanwhile, Chris Brown was identified at the sentencing hearing in Florida for the monkey breeder, Jimmy Hammonds.
Wildlife agents had moved in after Brown shared a picture of the capuchin monkey with millions of his followers on Instagram.
Prosecutors eventually dropped charges of possessing the monkey without a permit after Brown agreed to forfeit his rights to Fiji and pay $35,000 for the monkey’s care.
As for the monkey breeder, a federal judge in Tampa ordered Hammonds to pay a $90,000 fine to a fund operated by the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service.
He is expected to serve eight months of his probation in home confinement.