Saturday, July 16, 2011

By Michael Penn,

Accused faces accusers; allegations of being victims in hunting violations

Posted: July 16, 2011 – 11:44pm

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy asked Park Myers III on Friday if he wished to make a statement before sentencing him on a probation violation stemming from big game hunting violations dating back to 2009.

Public defender Kevin Higgins whispered to Myers that he could stay seated — and Levy agreed — but Myers chose instead to face his accusers.

Afterward, Levy re-imposed and re-suspended all but 30 days to serve and extended Myers probation to two years.

Myers’ probation stems from pleading guilty to big game hunting violations, along with a co-defendant, Jeffrey Peacock, after both were arrested May 21, 2010 following a lengthy investigation by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, the U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for charges including bear baiting without a permit, three unlawful possession of game charges, hunting in a closed area, and taking big game using unlawful methods.

Peacock had an additional charge of unsworn falsification. The charges stemmed from incidents in May 2009 and May 2010. All charges were class A misdemeanors. The two were given joint trial dates.

Myers was sentenced Nov. 3, 2010, to a total of 330 days in jail, all suspended; $12,500 in fines, $7,500 suspended, for a total of $5,000 due within two years, $1,100 in restitution, and hunting license revoked through three-years probation.

Peacock was sentenced Jan. 4, 2011, to three six-month jail terms, all suspended, a $2,000 fine, $6,000 restitution and three years on probation.

Myers pleaded guilty on June 2, 2011, to unemployment fraud.


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