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MAN CAUGHT FISHING ILLEGALLY BANNED FROM ACTIVITY FOR LIFE

Associated Press
2 March 2004

HELENA - A man who already had his hunting and fishing privileges suspended for 20 years for poaching has now been banned for life from fishing, hunting or trapping after being caught fishing on the Missouri River.

Cascade County Justice of the Peace Sam Harris on Monday sentenced Gary R. Motarie, 40, to 10 days in jail and ordered him to pay fines of $2,500. In addition, Harris revoked Motarie's game and fish privileges for life, citing his history of violations.

Motarie pleaded guilty to possessing a brown trout and using four fishing poles in a one-pole area. A game warden caught Motarie fishing on the evening of Feb. 28, just upstream from the town of Cascade.

Last April, Motarie, who was living in Cut Bank then, pleaded guilty to hunting during a closed season and to illegal possession of a bull elk.

Authorities said he killed a trophy elk on the Sun River Wildlife Management Area, nine miles northwest of Augusta.

He was caught after a picture of him posing with the animal ran in a local newspaper.

He also was charged and later convicted of attempting to intimidate witnesses in the case against him. He was ordered to pay fines of $9,000 for the poaching and was fined another $5,000 and sentenced to six years in prison on felony witness tampering charges. All but 30 days of the prison sentence was suspended.

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