The poacher, named Felix Byamukama, pleaded guilty to counts of trespassing in a protected area, killing a gorilla, a duiker and a bush pig, and illegally possessing meat from the bush pig and duiker, state-backed conservation group the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said in a statement on Thursday.
The gorilla - identified as Rafiki, which suggests "mate" in Swahili - was portion of the famed Nkuringo gorilla team that lives in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is hugely well-known with travellers.
Byamukama Felix was arrested a few times afterwards with bush pig meat and quite a few looking products in his possession, authorities reported.
The next day his mutilated body was found inside the park and a post-mortem report showed a sharp device injured his abdomen and internal organs.More news: Google's Autofill Getting Last Thing It Truly Needed
While appearing in court on Wednesday, Byabakama pleaded guilty to the crimes he committed and was served his sentence by the Kabale Chief Magistrate Court justice, Julius Borere. He will, therefore, serve a total of 11 years.
Byamukama, a resident of Murole village, Nteko Parish, Nyabwishenya sub-county, Kisoro district was arrested on June 4, 2020 following the death of Rakifi. He was found dead last month from a spear wound.
The head of the Ugandan wildlife authority, Sam Mwandha, welcomed the verdict, which is an example.
His co-accused; Bampabenda, Museveni and Mubangizi who denied the charges were remanded back to Kisoro government prison until further notice.More news: United States expands scope of Iran metals sanctions
"We are happy that justice has been done and Rafiki will rest in peace", UWA spokesman Bashir Hangi told dpa, adding he hoped the verdict "will serve as an eye opener to anybody engaged in wildlife poaching".
"It has no leadership at this time and it could be taken over by a wild silverback".
Officials say tough new legislation introduced in 2019 means that "anyone involved in illegal wildlife activities will face the wrath of the law". Tabu is taking the second in command role.
But tourist numbers have plateaued amid the coronavirus pandemic, raising concerns about how to protect vulnerable animals such as the endangered mountain gorillas.More news: Aged care fears as one new Qld case confirmed
A poacher who stabbed a beloved silverback gorilla to death in Uganda has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.