Trafficker Who Illegally Sold Monkey to Hip Hop Star Chris Brown Sentenced to Probation and House Arrest

A federal judge sentenced Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, also known as “The Monkey Whisperer,” to five years’ probation, eight months of house arrest, and a $90,000 fine in connection with criminal violations of the Endangered Species Act and Lacey Act to which Hammonds pleaded guilty in February 2022. Hammonds was indicted for federal wildlife crimes related to his trafficking in primates, including the illegal sale of a capuchin monkey to hip hop artist Chris Brown and numerous illegal sales of federally protected tamarins.