Louisiana Brothers Plead Guilty and Are Sentenced for Knowingly Killing Protected Alligators
September 14, 2011
USDOJ: Louisiana Brothers Plead Guilty and Are Sentenced for
Knowingly Killing Protected Alligators
WASHINGTON— Two Louisiana brothers pleaded guilty today and were
sentenced in United States District Court in Baton Rouge, La ., for
Lacey Act violations for their role in illegally killing American
Alligators in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act and
Louisiana law, the Department of Justice Environment and Natural
Resources Division announced.
According to statements made in court, in October 2005 and in
September 2006, Clint Martinez, 44, a licensed alligator hunter, and his
brother, Michael Martinez, 47, a licensed alligator helper, guided
out-of-state alligator sport hunters who were clients of an outfitter,
to areas for which they did not have appropriate state authorization to
hunt. In October 2005, the sport hunter clients killed a 10 foot,
two-inch trophy-sized alligator.
In September 2006, the sport hunter clients killed a 10 foot
trophy-sized alligator and a 12 foot, six-inch trophy-sized alligator.
The Martinez brothers, both of Plaquemine, La ., were sentenced to
serve a three year term of probation during which they will be
prohibited from hunting as follows: for one year of the probation the
defendants will be prohibited from engaging worldwide in all hunting
activities, including guiding, with any kind of weapon; for the
remaining two years of probation the defendants will be prohibited from
engaging worldwide in all commercial alligator hunting activities,
including guiding. In addition, each defendant will pay a $5,000 fine,
serve 200 hours of community service, and publish a statement in a
newspaper setting forth a brief summary of the offense and its potential
penalties, and apologizing for their illegal conduct.
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