Irish man jailed in US over rhinoceros horn trafficking

An Irish national has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty in Texas to trafficking rhinoceros horns.

Patrick Sheridan was arrested in January 2015 in Holyhead, north Wales, on an indictment returned in May 2014 by a federal grand jury in Waco.

He and a co-defendant were accused of conspiring to traffic the horns of the critically endangered black rhinoceros.

Co-defendant Michael Slattery Jr pleaded guilty in New York to his role.

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison.