Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Icing Gila Monster With Screwdriver

She bragged about it online
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 5, 2016 6:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – An Arizona woman accused of killing a federally protected Gila monster and bragging about it online has pleaded not guilty, the AP reports. Sarah Crabtree of Tucson faces five citations, including the taking of wildlife without a license. Each citation carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $750 fine. Crabtree, 26, posted photos of the dead lizard with a screwdriver through its head on her Facebook page in March. After public outcry, the Arizona Game and Fish Department cited her. Federal protection makes catching or killing the venomous Gila monster illegal in Arizona. Crabtree has a court appearance scheduled for June 16. (Read more Arizona stories.)

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