Three Men Indicted on Hunting Violations
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that three men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Conspiracy to Violate the Lacey Act, Failure to Lawfully Tag Migratory Birds, and the Sale and Possession of Wildlife in Violation of Migratory Bird Act. Bishop is also charged with False Labeling on Waterfowl Tags.
Mike Bishop, age 46, Mike Evangelista, age 42, and Vernon Renville, age 51, were indicted by a federal grand jury on April 10, 2012. They appeared before United States Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on June 14, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and a $100 Special Assessment. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges relate to an allegation that in the fall of 2008 and 2009, in Marshall County, the defendants took ducks and geese that were not lawfully tagged, shot ducks over the possession limit, guided hunters who did not have valid hunting licenses, and altered dates on tags to show the migratory birds were taken on a series of days and not on a single day. The charges are merely accusations, and Bishop, Evangelista, and Renville are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Bishop, Evangelista, and Renville were released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.