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Aberdeen Man Indicted for Illegally Hunting Waterfowl and Witness Tampering

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
605-357-2360

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Aberdeen man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Hunting Waterfowl Without a Migratory Bird Stamp, Hunting Waterfowl with an Unplugged Shotgun, Making a False Material Statement to a Federal Agency, and two counts of Witness Tampering.

Kyle Blubaugh, age 23, was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 11, 2011, for Hunting Waterfowl Without a Migratory Bird Stamp, Hunting Waterfowl with an Unplugged Shotgun, Making a False Material Statement to a Federal Agency, and Witness Tampering. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on August 1, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; three years of supervised release; and a $100 Special Assessment. Restitution may also be ordered. The charges are merely accusations, and Blubaugh is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by United States Department of Fish and Wildlife Service. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Blubaugh was released on bond pending trial.

 

 

 

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