juneau man sentenced for violation of the migratory bird treaty act
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today, February 1, 2012, that Michael Patrick Duby, a resident of Juneau, Alaska, was sentenced in federal court in Juneau to five years probation, a $2,500 fine, 250 hours of community service work, and five year revocation of his hunting and fishing privileges for a felony violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
United States District Court Timothy M. Burgess imposed the sentence on Duby.
According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorneys Jack S. Schmidt and Andrea T. Steward, who prosecuted the case, for a number of years leading up to June 2009, Duby, a local sportfishing guide in Juneau, killed and sold Black-billed Magpies which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Duby contrived to do so even after he was warned that the sales were illegal. Duby was previously sentenced for various wildlife violations in state and federal court in Montana and he was sentenced on additional fish and wildlife offenses in Alaska state court the same day following his sentencing in federal court.
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Burgess noted the extensive history of Duby’s wildlife violations, the need to deter the defendant and others, and that the sentence imposed was needed protect Alaska’s wildlife resource’s from the defendant.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Duby.