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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 16, 2013

McLaughlin Man Sentenced For Lacey Act Violations

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Lacey Act Violations was sentenced on August 12, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.           

Jeffrey Volk, age 43, was sentenced to 3 years of unsupervised probation, $2,000 in restitution, $1,000 fine with $750 due at sentencing, and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Volk’s hunting privileges were also revoked for 3 years.

Volk was charged by an Information on February 14, 2013, and pled guilty to said Information on May 9, 2013. 

The charge stems from an incident in November 2008 wherein Volk illegally shot and killed an 8x6 mule deer in North Dakota.  At the time Volk killed the deer, he knowingly did not have a North Dakota or a Standing Rock Sioux Tribe deer hunting license.  After illegally killing the deer, Volk transported it into South Dakota in violation of state and federal laws. Volk also admitted to killing one other deer in North Dakota and transporting it into South Dakota.

The investigation was being conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Updated June 22, 2015