United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Vale, South Dakota, man has been charged with a federal offense of Unlawful Taking of Migratory Birds and Lacey Act Violations by an Information filed on April 11, 2014.
Glen V. Schummer, age 68, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on April 22, 2014, and pled not guilty to the charge.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is one year of imprisonment and/or a $100,000 fine, one year of supervised release and an additional year of supervised release upon revocation, and up to a $35 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Information alleges that Schummer, between February 13, 2013, and February 13, 2014, knowingly hunted, killed, transported, received and acquired wildlife, specifically hawks and owls, when Schummer knew the protected birds were taken, possessed, and transported in a manner unlawful under the law and regulations of the United States.
The charges are merely accusations and Schummer is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.
Schummer was released on bond pending trial, which has been set for July 1, 2014.