Two Mississippi Co. men plead guilty to violating Endangered Species Act

By Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Two Mississippi County men pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act.

Herry Lee Linley, 58, East Prairie, MO, pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Endangered Species Act and one count of false labeling.

Charles Franklin Wallace, 75, East Prairie, MO, pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Endangered Species Act.

Linley and Wallace took an endangered Pallid Sturgeon via commercial fishing boat, from Kentucky to Missouri on April 24, 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  Between December 2006 and April 2007, Linley submitted false records Kentucky monthly catch reports by failing to report that he did fish and failing to report the weight of catch by species.

Both men appeared before a federal judge in Cape Girardeau.  Sentencing for both defendants is set for September 29, 2010.

Violation of the Endangered Species Act carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and/or fines up to $100,000. False Labeling carries a maximum of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources investigated the case.

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