Jamie Coots, a so-called snake-handling Kentucky preacher, has pleaded guilty to illegally having poison snakes in Tennessee.
Per the plea, Coots will be able to keep the boxes he transported the snakes in, while receiving a one-year unsupervised probation. Coots had requested the return of the boxes after he was arrested because they had sentimental value to him.
Coots acquired the snakes in Alabama and was transporting them back to his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, when he was stopped for having windows with too dark of a tint.
The snakes Coots was transporting, three rattlesnakes and two copperheads, have yet to find a permanent home. At this time they're at a zoo in Sevierville, Tennessee. It appears the zoo will have the first choice of whether to keep them or not, although they could be placed at a different, permitted facility, said TWRA Agent Joe Durnin.