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Archive for Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hunting camp owner, guide face sentencing

June 19, 2011

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— Two Texas brothers face sentencing next week on conspiracy and wildlife trafficking charges for offering guided hunts at a Kansas hunting club to hunters who paid thousands of dollars to illegally kill deer.

James Butler Jr., the owner and operator of Camp Lone Star in Coldwater, Kan., will learn his punishment Tuesday. His brother, Marlin Butler, who worked as a guide, faces sentencing Friday.

Both men have pleaded guilty to violating the Lacey Act, a federal law that prohibits the interstate transport of any wildlife taken in violation of state regulations.

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