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Famous Oglesby “bird man” passes away

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2016

An Oglesby man who became a local celebrity when facing charges of illegally taking a couple baby eagles has died.

Sixty-five-year-old Steve Patterson died unexpectedly Wednesday at his home. A celebration of his life will be Saturday afternoon at the Peru Eagle’s Lodge.

Back in February of 2015, a jury said Patterson wasn’t guilty of illegally taking a bird of prey and protected species. A previous trial for the same incident ended with a hung jury. During his second trial, a Go Fund Me page raised thousands of dollars to pay for his legal expenses.

In 2014 Patterson admittedly walked out to a wooded area along Route 251 south of Peru and took two injured baby eaglets to his home. They had been displaced when a storm knocked their nest down. While Patterson maintained he was just doing the right thing as a bird lover, prosecutors thought Patterson overstepped his bounds.

You can find out service details for Steve Patterson by going to the Classic Hits 103.9 obituary page.

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