Reformed Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in prison for poaching antelope

After a legal battle that lasted nearly 20 years, a prominent Bollywood actor once seen by many as above the law was convicted of poaching two endangered blackbuck antelopes and sentenced to five years in prison.

Salman Khan, a 52-year-old baby-faced leading man, was accused by members of the Bishnoi religious sect in western India of shooting at a group of rare black-and-white antelope on a hunting trip while filming a movie in 1998.

The verdict comes as a surprise to many who say Khan’s connections got him out of trouble in the past. The actor was previously acquitted of two separate poaching cases and of a hit-and-run manslaughter charge in 2015.

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